Rumours have been circling for a few weeks now about possible interest from Leeds United in Venezia midfielder Leo Stulac. And while the interest went quiet for a few days, it appears that the rumours haven’t died down yet. It was also reported that Genoa was interested in the 23 year-old, and now recent reports indicate that Bologna might be interested in him as well.
The Former Slovenia U21 international had a remarkable season fro Venezia in Serie B, scoring seven goals and assisting on four others from the midfield. Venezia is currently in the Serie B playoffs and Venezia would most likely be loathe to let one of their key performers go to another club if they are promoted to Serie A.
Stulac plays in a central midfield role, a position that Leeds currently have in abundance. Kalvin Phillips, Ronaldo Vieira, Adam Forshaw, and Eunan O’Kane all suited up last year in middle of the park for Leeds. Leeds also loaned out two players, Mateusz Klich and Yosuke Ideguchi, that fill the same role. That’s a lot of bodies for a role that have typically only sees two or three players on the pitch at any time. Unless a player or two departs, there isn’t going to be enough time on the pitch to keep everyone happy, and even then, it’s still gonna be tricky to distribute the playing time in a way that builds familiarity between the players.
The other issue with seeking to sign another central midfielder is that the resources used on on Stulac could perhaps be used on signing a player in a position of greater need, such as winger, striker, or even defence. If there was any on position on Leeds that the team would not need addressing during this summer transfer window, it’s central midfield.
We haven’t seen any of the typical press sources confirm any interest in Stulac, so this might be all smoke and mirrors by the player’s agent in Italy to try and get a better deal out of a Serie A club for him, or perhaps to put pressure on Venezia to increase his weekly pay packet if they are promoted. In the meantime, take this link with a huge grain of salt.