Good Morning. It's Friday 18th September, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Double delight in Leeds pursuit of De Paul
Italian Sky Sports Journalist Fabrizio Romano has reported that Rodrigo De Paul has rejected a contract offer from Zenit St Petersburg because wants to play for Leeds. Speaking via the Here We Go podcast Romano disclosed that Zenit offered De Paul, 26, an “important bid” but it has been rejected by the Argentina international because he has his heart set on playing in the Premier League with Leeds.
Furthermore, Udine-based local newspaper Messaggero Veneto say ‘negotiations remains hot’ with Leeds United. More importantly they also claim that an offer of €30m (27.4m) plus bonuses ‘should do it’ for Leeds. Unconfirmed reports have already suggested that Leeds have already bid €30m. Could it be that both sides of the table are now just squabbling over a sell on fee?
You have to praise Messrs Orta and Radrizzani business approach, if this deal does works out. Udinese wanted €40m, even when Zenit St Petersburg came in with a €35m offer for the Argentine, Leeds stood their ground. Now it seems (hopefully) that they can save a significant amount of money!
Zagreb getting KO'd from the Champions league could have positive repercussions for Leeds
Dinamo Zagreb went crashing out of the third qualifying round of the Champions League last night to Hungarian outfit Ferencvaros (try saying that when you're drunk)! What relevance that that have for us?
Leeds have been targeting Zagreb's highly rated centre back Josko Gvardiol for most of the Summer. German outfit Leipzig tried to hijack the deal with a €15m bid and would loan the teenager back to Zagreb for the rest of the season, but a far superior offer on the table from the Whites, believed to be €22m has certainly got the Croatian Champions interest.
Over the last fortnight Gvardiol has been claiming that he wouldn't leave his club until after they had played Ferencvaros in the Champions League. This game took place yesterday, and Zagreb lost. Surely this means that there are no reasons for Gvardiol to stay?
Hopefully leaving the CL means we can get Gvardiol, young player but looks like he could muscle his way into that LB role.
I'd love it if we got the De Paul transfer over the line as I feel that would make a massive statement but more importantly he is a ready made replacement for Pablo and I think he would also be improved by playing under Bielsa and learning from Pablo.
The young CB if Bielsa wants him then great I certainly won't be arguing with that
Tell you what, though, I'm far more anxious in the run up to the Fulham game than I was the last one.
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