Leeds United reportedly made a bid for Levante midfielder José Campaña earlier this week, with Spanish outlet AS now reporting that the €15 million bid has been rejected by the La Liga side who seek out €25 million for the playmaker.
The Whites are in the hunt for a winger and central midfielder, with the European window closing on Monday night (11pm). Since a deal for Bayern’s Michael Cuisance broke down, Leeds have been negotiating a deal for Rennes winger Raphinha while names such as Todd Cantwell continue to circulate.
Leeds originally had plans to target the best of the Championship to bolster their squad ahead of their Premier League return. Since then however, Victor Orta has found several shrewd deals from big European teams, signing Robin Koch for £13.5m, Diego Llorente for £18m and Rodrigo Moreno for £27 million, who are all internationals.
And it seems that Leeds would prefer to get business for new players done before they can only buy domestically after Monday’s deadline, launching a bid for Levante’s José Campaña which has since been knocked back. Levante value the 27-year old at €25 million, with Campaña earning his first Spain call-up earlier this week as he became the first Levante player to receive an international call-up for 56 years.
Campaña is highly regarded in Spain, as he ranked fourth in shot creating actions in La Liga last season, behind Messi, Canales and Cazorla while ranking ahead of Real Madrid’s Benzema. Meanwhile, the Spaniard has a good defensive output as a player who primarily plays as a number eight, while also playing plenty of matches as a 10 and as a defensive midfielder.
Last season, Campaña scored two goals and assisted seven in La Liga, while also assisting one in the first three games of the new 20/21 campaign. In 18/19 Campaña scored four goals and assisted nine for the La Liga side as he has cemented himself as Levante’s number one player.
AS go on to say “the operation is still possible,“ as Leeds could look to chase a compromise with Levante for their star player.