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Transfer Rumour: Has Marcelo Bielsa identified a solution at left back for Leeds?

AC Ajaccio defender Manuel Cabit linked to Leeds United

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Another day, another transfer rumour.

This time, the Daily Mirror is reporting that Marcelo Bielsa is keen on bringing a left back from France’s Ligue 2 to Leeds United. Manuel Cabit currently plays for AC Ajaccio and is a 25 year-old French footballer who has represented Martinique in the past.

Cabit came up through the youth system and Sochaux before moving to Aubervilliers. From there, he went to FC Chambly, ASM Belfort, and AS Béziers before making the move to AC Ajaccio in the summer of 2016.

At AC Ajaccio last season, Cabit made 27 appearances in Ligue 2 and 29 overall appearances, registering four assists. He also appeared 15 times for the Corsican club during the 2016-17 season.

AC Ajaccio just missed out on promotion to Ligue 1, as they failed to overcome Toulouse FC in the relegation/ promotion playoff, meaning that Toulouse were able to stay in the top division of French football for at least another year. It also meant that despite finishing third, five points off of second place in Ligue 2, AC Ajaccio will play yet another season in Ligue 2 after being relegated from Ligue 1 in the 2013-14 season.

Transfermarkt lists Cabit’s contract running out at the end of this season, so this could be a move for a free agent. Cabit’s bounced around at lot at the lower levels of French football, so this would likely be a move to increase depth, not necessarily to bring in a new starter.

Left back was a problem position for Leeds last season, despite bringing in Cameron Borthwick Jackson on loan from Manchester United and Laurens De Bock from Club Brugge, neither of which really worked out at all. By the end of the season, it was apparent that the best left back at the club was actually Tom Pearce, the U23 player who came on late in the season and even got a goal against Barnsley FC.

Hopefully this move will be inexpensive and will bring in a player to bolster the depth at left back, and dare we hope, mean that Laurens De Bock might be on his way out of the club.