Leeds turn attention to Ajax ace

09 Jun 2021 07:56 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Wednesday 9th June, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


FIFA demand Leeds pay Leipzig over JKA

Leeds have lost their legal battle with RB Leipzig over the contractual obligation to sign Jean-Kevin Augustin after the Whites won promotion at the end of the 2019-20 season. The news that FIFA had sided with the German outfit came as no surprise. Leeds will not only have to pay the 18m transfer, but may also have to pay Leipzig's legal fee's. We can expect Radrizzani to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but will that make any difference?

Leeds knew what they were getting themselves into when they signed Augustin! It was only afterwards when it became clear that the former PSG youngster had become a liability, that lawyers found the flimsiest grounds to try to back out of the deal!

Let's be honest, Leeds were desperate having missed out on Che Adams, and they either took the biggest gamble in football history, or they didn't do their homework! Augustin had played three games in eight months - what the hell were they thinking? At the time, Augustin was also being linked to a move to Old Trafford, and there was obviously a lot of pressure on Leeds to 'get there man'. I can only conclude that Kev, his agent and Leipzig milked this for as much as they could!





Leeds turn attention to Ajax ace

Having agreed personal terms at St Mary's, it looks like Southampton have won the race to sign Brest left back Romain Perraud, with a fee agreed at 8.5m. The former Nice academy player had been on Leeds radar for months. Instead, Leeds have turned their attention to Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico. Tagliafico is valued at €15 million by Ajax and several clubs are monitoring his situation, after an impressive season in which he made 25 appearances. Tagliafico is under contract with Ajax until the summer of 2023 but it was reported earlier this year that he would be allowed to leave if a good offer came in. The 28 year old has 29 caps for his Country, and has been compared to Argentinian legend Javier Zanetti. Inter are also beleived to be interested in Tagliafico with vice-president Javier Zanetti in contact with the defender’s entourage.





Llorente tests positive for Covid

Diego Llorente has become the second Spanish player to test positive for the coronavirus ahead of the Euro's. The Spanish federation did not say whether Busquets and Llorente would be cut from the squad, but coach Luis Enrique has already called up six plays to practice separately at the team's training camp. He has until Saturday to make any changes. One of the six players who has been drafted in, is Rodrigo! A statement from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed...

The RFEF regrets to announce that central defender Diego Llorente has tested positive in the latest PCR tests carried out this morning at the national team base at Las Rozas. The footballer will leave tonight the concentration of the national team in a medicalised vehicle, following all the established health protocols.



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Norm wrote on 10 Jun 2021 12:31 pm

Reference COVID-19, I've had it, briefly, in the form of a temperature spike to 105.6, which fairly rapidly went down to 98.something by the time I got to hospital - I was released the same day. I feel for the poor sods who die or suffer from the fluid in the lungs and such but I still don't know if it's any worse than the regular 'flu. Anybody any idea? The last I saw, 97% of people who got it survived with lesser or greater complications. Of course I live in the U.S. where some things seem to be magnified out of all proportion but I don't know what it's like in Britain.

Norm wrote on 10 Jun 2021 12:13 pm

pUnIsHmEnT
I'm sure the word SHITE is in there somewhere and it deserves to be!

mothbanquet wrote on 10 Jun 2021 11:32 am

Carrick Dave wrote: Wed Jun 09, 2021 10:16 am Morning all - the JKA thing is what it is, we’ll just have to pay up. I imagine that trying to weasel out of a contract, if that’s the reality, might make Marcelo a bit uneasy.

Shame for Llorente, we just need to hope that there are no Long Covid complications.

If anyone hasn’t seen it, this is a good read for anyone who like me shouts “GO ON LEEDS” loudly to cover up their lack of appreciation of the finer aspects of Marcelo’s tactics:

https://www.coachesvoice.com/coach-watc ... guardiola/
Finally got round to reading this and one thing stands out to me. With the balance of quality in England players Bielsa would have everything he needs to win us a generation's worth of tournaments if he managed the national team...

Orange Box wrote on 10 Jun 2021 06:10 am

Carrick Dave wrote: Wed Jun 09, 2021 10:16 am If anyone hasn’t seen it, this is a good read for anyone who like me shouts “GO ON LEEDS” loudly to cover up their lack of appreciation of the finer aspects of Marcelo’s tactics:

https://www.coachesvoice.com/coach-watc ... guardiola/
I tried to read it honestly I did, but it’s obviously aimed at someone way above my pay grade. If I tried to understand the article I’m afraid it would ruin my love and admiration for bielsaball.

GO ON LEEDS (shouted very loudly)

John in Louisiana wrote on 09 Jun 2021 04:08 pm

Carrick Dave wrote: Wed Jun 09, 2021 10:16 am Morning all - the JKA thing is what it is, we’ll just have to pay up. I imagine that trying to weasel out of a contract, if that’s the reality, might make Marcelo a bit uneasy.

Shame for Llorente, we just need to hope that there are no Long Covid complications.

If anyone hasn’t seen it, this is a good read for anyone who like me shouts “GO ON LEEDS” loudly to cover up their lack of appreciation of the finer aspects of Marcelo’s tactics:

https://www.coachesvoice.com/coach-watc ... guardiola/
Great article, Dave. Thanks for recommending.

I have friends here in the States who tell me they prefer American football because there is much more strategy involved. I'll have them read this.