Leeds United's search for a left back continues
21 Jun 2021 08:00 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Monday 21st June, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Perraud interest over due to Olympics involvement...
News filtered through over the weekend detailing the probable reason why Leeds lost interest in Brest left back Romain Perraud. Leeds had been tracking the former Nice player for months, then suddenly lost interest allowing Southampton a clear passage to land the 23 year old for circa £8.5m. Perraud is expected to take part in the Olympics with the French team, and would miss the entire pre season. Sources close to the club suggest that this was enough for Bielsa to lose interest in him!
The search for a left back continues...
Fellow Frenchman Maxwel Cornet continuous to be linked, but Lyon will need to significantly lower their financial expectations from £20m to around £12m. Argentine International Nicolas Tagliafico would have made a fantastic signing for the Whites; especially with just a 10m price tag which Ajax have put on him. Unfortunately, it looks like the 28 year old is off to Inter Milan! Failing that Barcelona have also thrown their hat into the ring, though it is understood Tagliafico is not their first choice!
This leaves Huesca’s Javi Galan, though I can't help thinking he may be a last resort player for the Whites. Galan joined recently relegated Huesca from Segunda División B outfit Córdoba CF in the Summer of 2019, and has made 51 appearances for them. He is valued at £8.5m, but has a relegation clause in his contract will allow him to join Leeds for just £3.5m.
During his two year tenure, Galan has picked up some fantastic reviews for his displays. Unfortunately, many Leeds fans don't seem to get excited about a £3.5m signing! Is there any point signing him if he is only a little better than what we presently have? He is also the spitting image of a young Wayne Rooney!
Gosens Euro performance attracts Leeds attention
Robin Gosens has caught the attention of Leeds Utd, after his man of the match performance for Germany at the weekend. The 26 year old dazzled millions on TV, scoring and earning himself an assist in their 4-2 win over Portugal. He plays his club football for Serie A outfit Atalanta. In his four year stay, the versatile left sided player has made 115 appearances, netting 24 times! His display in the Euro's have also attracted the attention of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund! Unfortunately, should Atalanta decide to cash in on their star player, Leeds will have to dig deep if they intend to bring him to West Yorkshire!