Could Palhinha be the answer to LUFC prayers?
10 Sep 2020 07:57 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Thursday 10th September, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road.
Leeds swoop for Dutch Winger Summerville
Leeds look set to complete the signing of Highly rated Dutch right winger Crysencio Summerville from Feyenoord for £1.3m. The lightening fast 18 year old has exceptional quality, and its only because the youngster is in his last year of his contract that Leeds are able to snap him up at a bargain price. This will end a twelve year association that Summerville has had with the Rotterdam based club!
Whilst I'm sure this transfer may actually annoy a few Leeds fans due to the more pressing concerns of first team transfers, be assured; Summerville will be knocking on the door of the first team shortly!
Leeds accept 20k fine for FA breach involving pyrotechnics
Leeds fans on social media have been reacting to the news that they have been fined £20k after ‘admitting a breach of FA Rule E20’ following their use of pyrotechnics after securing promotion at Pride Park in July.
Originally the club were fined £30,000, but this was reduced to £20,000 due to the mitigating factors that "no one was threatened or endangered by the conduct", "no one was injured", and there was "immediate admission and apology" from the club.
An FA Spokesman was quoted as saying: "It is alleged that the club failed to ensure its players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion as pyrotechnic devices were used following the conclusion of the fixture."
Leeds line up Palhinha incase of Gvardiol disappointment
Lisburn news outlet A Bola are claiming that Leeds have enquired about Sporting's holding midfielder Joao Palhinha. The 6ft 3' powerhouse has been a long term target of both Wolves and CSKA Moscow. Is is understood from the Portuguese media that Palhinha would far prefer a move to the Premiership, and now, with the midland club cooling their interest in the 25 year old, Leeds are in prime position to swoop.
Sporting Lisburn are demanding €15m for the versaille defensive midfielder who can also play at centre back, and with the Josko Gvardiol deal stuttering, it looks like Palhinha could be Leeds back up plan. He spent last season on loan at Braga, his second consecutive loan spell there, scoring six and assisting three in 76 appearances.
Drexler deal looking unlikely
However keen Leeds and PSG seem to be to put a package together to bring German International Julian Draxler to Elland Road, it seems their efforts are in vain as Drexler does not want to give up his Parisian lifestyle as his family are settled in the French capital.
Now it seems, Arsenal are going to try their luck, and are prepared to offer midfielder Matteo Guendouzi as part of the deal. Is it back to the drawing house for Leeds?