Good Morning. It's Friday 26th February, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Bielsa keen on Nkoulou reunion
Leeds are keen on signing Torino centre-back Nicolas Nkoulou this Summer. The centre back is in the final year of his contract, and will be available on a free transfer in the summer. It appears that one of the options on the table could well be Leeds. According to reports in Italian media outlet Calciomercato, Bielsa is keen on being reunited with the 30 year old. Bielsa is no stranger to the Cameroon International. He worked with him during his tenure at Marseille
Nkoulou began his career at Kadji Sports Academy in Douala, the same academy that produced the likes of Samuel Eto'o and Eric Djemba-Djemba. Reports also suggest Everton, and Leicester City are all keeping tabs on Nkoulou.
Leeds should bin 'non existent' Rodrigo - Kevin Phillips
Former England International Striker Kevin Phillips believes Leeds record signing Rodrigo has been a flop since his record breaking 30m transfer from Valencia last Summer. When asked for his thoughts on the 30yo's future amid interest from Juventus, Phillips said:-
If Juventus are interested in signing Rodrigo I think Leeds would be tempted. It has not worked out. He has been injury prone so they might look to get him off their books. Leeds may just park that one and go for someone else. He has been non-existent this season which is a shame because we never really got to see him at his best. “If they can do a deal at the end of the season I am sure that they will.
If Leeds were able to recoup most of what they paid for Rodrigo, would you welcome his exit from Elland Road? The Spanish International has of course been playing out of position at Elland Road this season due to the incredible form of Patrick Bamford. Is Rodrigo worth 100k a week? If Rodrigo were to move on to pastures new, there are two players who Bielsa and Victor Orta are both keen on; Douglas Costa and Julian Draxler!
Having dropped down the pecking order at Juventus, the Brazilian winger has been loaned out to German giants Bayern Munich. He has made 11 appearances this term, netting once. Do Leeds need another winger? Draxler is a natural attacking midfielder, a position that Leeds have found it difficult to fill. Victor Orta tried to sign the German International last Summer, but the 27yo wanted to fight for his place at PSG.
He will be out of contract in the Summer, which will obviously attract many top European clubs, yet the lure of Bielsa and Premiership football must be temping. We all know that Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani and PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi are close, but lets not forget the relationship between Bielsa and PSG's Manager Mauricio Pochettino!