Roca set to be unveiled as Leeds United player
17 Jun 2022 07:48 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Friday 17th June, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Roca set to be unveiled
Barring an 11th hour disaster, Marc Roca is set to be unveiled as a Leeds Utd player later this afternoon. The 25 year old flew into the Country last night, in preparations for his medical examination this morning, followed by a Press Conference at Elland Road. The two clubs nearly did business two years ago, when Michael Cuisance failed a last minute medical, and the deal collapsed. A war of words ensued, with both clubs finger pointing at the other. Fortunately, their rift is long forgotten, and the German Champions have told their English counterpart that they're getting a decent player, as Phil Hay explains...
What Orta really likes about Roca was his time at Espanyol where he was extremely highly thought of and developing into a top player, which is why he went to Bayern Munich. What they know about him from Bayern Munich, what they have told them is that Bayern don’t have an issue with him really, they don’t see him as a player who has never fitted in, they don’t see him as a poor choice in signing him in the first place, they just have a strong squad that is tough to get into.
Swap deal on the cards involving Phillips
Manchester City could be persuaded to part with highly rated youngster Romeo Lavia on the proviso that Kalvin Phillips joins the Etihad this Summer, according Leeds Utd journalist Phil Hay. Lavia, a defensive midfielder, joined them in the Summer of 2020 from Anderlecht, and made an immediate impact. During their 20/21 campaign (at the age of 16), he made 15 starts for their U23's, and was a regular for their U18's. After winning both, he was named as their (EDS) (Elite Development Squad) player of the year! Last season, Lavia broke into the Belgium U21 squad. A host of top flight clubs have been linked to the 18yo in recent times, though Citeh are reluctant to part with him, until now. According to Phil Hay...
City view a potential deal as a way to offset any bid they may make for Phillips which they visualise a closing agreement of between £45 million and £50 million.
Leeds bid on French U21 Striker
The Independent are reporting that Leeds have made a £17m offer for PSG striker Arnaud Kalimuendo. The highly rated 20 year old has spent two seasons on loan at Ligue 1 side Lens where his performances have caught the eye of many European scouts. Kalimuendo, 20, was born in France, but is of Congolese descent. He was bought up in the Western suburbs of Paris, and joined local outfit FC Saint Cloud at 6yo. Four years later, PSG came knocking.
According to the Independent, Leeds see him as a replacement for Raphinha, but at 20 years old (the same age as Gelhardt), is he ready for top flight football in the Premier League? He has netted 19 times in 60 appearances for Lens, and whilst he's improving all the time, the standard of Ligue 1 is sadly lacking, compared to the top tier in England!