Would £20m offer tempt Leeds to part with Captain

09 Jul 2024 08:01 am, by Ellandback1


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Would £20m offer tempt Leeds to part with Captain

Serie A outfit Torino are preparing to test Leeds resolve with a £15m - £20m offer for Captain Pascal Struijk, according to respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio. The 24 year old has recently returned to training following a troublesome groin injury, picked up in the 2-1 defeat at Preston on Boxing Day. After not responding to treatment, he underwent surgery to correct the problem, ruling him out for the rest of the campaign.

Up until that point, the former Ajax apprentice had enjoyed an exceptional start to last season, forming a formidable back line with Joe Rodon. He made 23 starts, netting five times, and a respectable 6.92 'Whoscored' rating. Some may argue that £15m - £20m is cheap, considering Torino are in the throws of wrapping up the sale of fellow centre-back Alessandro Buongiorno to Napoli for £34m, but that's the cost after coming back after six months on the sidelines.





Leeds complete Cairns deal

Salford City shot-stopper Alex Cairns has rejoined Leeds in a six figure transfer deal, penning a two year contract at the club. The deal comes after seeing promising keeper Kristoffer Klaesson depart for Polish outfit Rakow Czestochow on a free transfer (according to his Wikipedia page), three years after his £1.6m move from Vålerenga. Cairns, who had one year left on his contract returns to his boyhood club nine years after leaving to provide competition for Karl Darlow, as to who gets to sit on the bench on match days.





Firpo Olympic inclusion will upset Farke

Junior Firpo has been named in Ibai Gomez's Dominican Republic Football Squad in the Olympics later this Summer, despite Leeds opposition to the idea! The 27 year old is one of only two players (Byram being the other) recognised to play left wing back for the Whites. If he were to join up with the Quisqueyanos, he is likely to miss most of the pre-season, which could have a detrimental effect on Daniel Farke's preparations for the new season. The Olympics is not part of the official FIFA calendar, and Leeds are under no obligation to release players for the competition.




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The Subhuman wrote on 09 Jul 2024 03:13 pm

lufc1304 wrote: Tue Jul 09, 2024 3:06 pm Would be foolish to let Struijk leave, unless we plan on playing Amps there and have a midfield replacement lined up for him. But we'll still need some depth, so unless it was a ridiculous offer, I'd be turning it down.

Firpo most definitely improved as the season went on and again, unless we have a replacement already lined up, I'd be bursting his Olympics bubble. Harsh on the player, but we don't want to start the season with a makeshift defence. We already need a RB!
Firpo could start the season, DR likely to go out at the group stage and the final I think is before the season opener anyway should they get that far. He can always nip back for the closing ceremony if needed, it's not like it's in Asia or South America

lufc1304 wrote on 09 Jul 2024 03:06 pm

Would be foolish to let Struijk leave, unless we plan on playing Amps there and have a midfield replacement lined up for him. But we'll still need some depth, so unless it was a ridiculous offer, I'd be turning it down.

Firpo most definitely improved as the season went on and again, unless we have a replacement already lined up, I'd be bursting his Olympics bubble. Harsh on the player, but we don't want to start the season with a makeshift defence. We already need a RB!

Phild wrote on 09 Jul 2024 02:59 pm

Think we’re ok at the moment despite losing numbers
Would have taken Rodon over Gray for next season all day long
Hope that Aaronson might prove to be a surprise package in this league
Without any bias think the big 3 linked with a move away would be better with another season with us
Understand their desire to play at a higher level but don’t think any of them would hold down a regular spot in the premiership
Maybe for a European side

CUSSIE01 wrote on 09 Jul 2024 02:32 pm

mentalcase wrote: Tue Jul 09, 2024 10:40 am Do you like his brother, Lewis.
Known as Master to his friends

Orange Box wrote on 09 Jul 2024 02:23 pm

The Subhuman wrote: Tue Jul 09, 2024 11:30 am Oh I get it from his perspective, don't get it from ours and I'm not connecting it to Klaesson leaving, he's too good to be our 3 I think. Not sure he even got many games for the 21's last season. Needed to move on.

If Cairns was Championship quality but not #1 quality I get why he dropped down the leagues to play. I'd imagine we've given him a substantial pay rise to not play football for us this season.

The analyst in me is wondering if this a pre-emptive move for a Meslier transfer and Darlow becoming our #1 ... with Cairns as back up
possible, though we'd still need a 3rd. I don't know enough about our reserve keepers to fully buy in.