Berardi faces nine months out without a club
21 Jul 2020 07:26 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Tuesday 21st July, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Berardi faces nine months out - without a club
Out of contract Gaetano Berardi faces nine long months on the sidelines after it was revealed that he tore his ACL in his knee. The 31 year old fell awkwardly during the first half of Sunday's 3-1 win at Pride Park and was stretchered off. The former Swiss International then had scans on Monday which confirmed the ACL tear in his knee.
Berardi has made 140 appearances for the Whites in the last six years, 25 of which were this season. The crowd favourite took a pay cut to join the Whites from Sampdoria! Although Berardi is out of contract, should Leeds do the right thing and look after him?
Bielsa targets South American trio
Argentine youngsters Thiago Almada and Nicolas Gonzalez are both believed to be on Bielsa's shortlist. Given Bielsa's South American background, it is not surprising that he is tapping into the Argentine market in search of talent.
Highly rated Almanda has been dubbed 'the new Messi' (We'll take either) having impressed in the Argentine Primera División for Vélez Sarsfield. The 19yo can play as a winger or midfielder. He has also caught the attention of Arsenal and Barcelona driving his price tag in excess of 20m.
Gonzales plays his domestic football with VfB Stuttgart. The 22yo forward has netted 16 times in 56 appearances for the German outfit. He has been capped three times at senior level.
It has also been reported that the Whites are keeping tabs on River Plate defender Lucas Martinez Quarta.
The 24 year old centre back has racked up over 100 appearances for the Buenos Aires outfit since bursting through their ranks. He has also contributed 9 goals and has been capped twice by Lionel Scaloni. Quarta is possibly seen as a replacement for Ben White!
Leeds meet up with highly rated forward
Leeds are looking to strike early in the transfer market, identifying highly rated forward Joe Gelhardt as a main target. The 18 year old has burst into Wigan's first team this season capturing the attention of a host of Premiership teams desperate to sign the England U18 ace.
According to Sun journalist Alam Nixon, Leeds have pushed their way to the front of the queue by meeting with the youngster face to face yesterday! Due to Wigan's present financial plight they have no option but to sell their best players having gone into administration last month.