£30m Bid for Luiz Felipe, Fact or Fiction?
28 Aug 2020 07:44 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Friday 28th August, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Lazio reject 30m Leeds approach
Serie A giants Lazio have knocked back an opening €30m bid from Leeds for 23yo centre back Luiz Felipe according to La Lazio Siamo Noi. The talented 6ft 2' defender joined the Stadio Olimpico side back in 2016. He played 26 times last season for the Rome outfit. Lazio President Claudio Lotito wants €40m (around £35.8m) to part with the Brazilian born star. Felipe has previously been on the radar of PSG and Barcelona! He joins a long list of players on Marcelo Bielsa's most wanted list.
Also on Bielsa's shipping list from Lazio include Jordan Lukaku, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Luis Alberto, and Ciro Immobile. Leeds Utd Journalist Phil Hay believes that German International Robin Koch is a far more viable acquisition than Luiz Felipe having been monitoring the SC Freiburg centre back for some time.
Leeds hierarchy careful to follow Bielsa's wishes
Bielsa himself used to manage Lazio, albeit it turned out to be one of the shortest tenures in the history of Management.
The Argentine quit 48 hours after officially being named Manager, though had been in charge as caretaker boss for some months.. Bielsa explained that Lazio had agreed to chase seven targets, none of whom looked like signing. He was told that five of those deals would be done by the first week of July, a deadline Lazio missed completely. At the time, Bielsa was quoted as saying “For my style of work, we needed to have these players arrive in a timely manner to train,”
There seems to be a much better working relationship between Bielsa and Victor Orta, who was instrumental in bringing 'El Loco' to Elland Road. When Leeds missed out on Daniel James, it was clear for everyone to see that the Whites had been shafted at the 1th hour. Similarly, Leeds could not have done much more in their pursuit of Southampton striker Che Adams. Perhaps they deliberately went over the top just to prove to Bielsa that they were doing everything in their means.
Mills - Leeds need to watch their spending
Former Leeds favourite Danny Mills believes Leeds need to be careful not to overspend in the transfer market. The 43yo pundit remembers all to well the financial meltdown Leeds suffered both during and after his tenure...
When you step up to the Premier League, when you don't get as many chances, you have to be a little bit more clinical. You need somebody that is going to put the ball in the back of the net.
With Bielsa’s scouting network and (Director of football) Victor Orta’s Spanish connections, Rodrigo will have been a player they will have been very, very aware of in terms of his abilities and what he can do and he will certainly come in and add quality to what is there already. “I think it’s a good move, it’s a positive move and I think you have to trust Bielsa and his team when you look at the other acquisitions that he has made.
Up to now they have all been pretty much very very good. You are talking about another wide player that possibly can score goals, said Mills of Kent. It would still be a little bit of a gamble, he's not proven in the Premier League as yet. Also how much money have Leeds got to spend, how much do they want to spend?
Do they want Rodrigo and then do they want Ryan Kent and then do they want somebody else and do they need a centre half. Suddenly you are getting upwards north of 60, 70 million. I'm not sure Leeds want to go that far. They will be picky and choosy about who they sign and maybe getting Rodrigo in puts to bed the Ryan Kent deal.