With the last three remaining group stage matches for Europe’s prestigious trophy beginning today until the next two weeks, there are players who will fit in Leeds United’s transfer radar for the next two transfer windows (winter and summer). Expensive players like Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Raheem Sterling would not be featured in this list since their asking price is out of Leeds’ radar.
Aaron Ramsey (Central Midfield, Juventus, 29-years-old) –
After being rumored to leave Juventus when Andrea Pirlo began managing the club, Ramsey still continues to have a limited role with the Bianconeri. Ramsey hasn’t lived up to expectations ever since joining the club in 2019 and returning to the Premier League would be a career revival for Ramsey.
Nicolás Tagliafico (Left-Back, Ajax, 28-years-old) –
This would be a gamble for Leeds but Tagliafico has established himself as an experienced left back and worth every penny. Leeds still do not have a regular left back and getting Tagliafico would stop Marcelo Bielsa on having to rotate different left-backs.
Douglas Costa (Right Winger, Bayern Munich, 30-years-old) –
Another Juve player that is targeted to be sold by Pirlo, Costa is now on loan with Bayern Munich uncertain that he will remain with the club once his loan term expires in June 2021. Costa also plays the entire midfield so whenever Bielsa wants to utilize with Costa, Costa will deliver. His scoring ability and speed in the winger positions is something Leeds should gamble on.
Julian Draxler (Attacking Midfield, Paris Saint-Germain, 27-years-old) –
Draxler has been improving his potential on becoming an elite midfielder over the years. His ability to adapt as a team leader both in PSG and for the Germany national team is perfect for Leeds. His contract ends in June 2021 and its uncertain if PSG will renew his contract. If his contract is not renewed, then Leeds has the golden opportunity to snag this elite midfielder.
Luke Shaw (Left-Back, Manchester United, 25-years-old) –
For Shaw, he has a similar transfer scenario like Tagliafico, both are full-time left-backs but Shaw has more experience in the Premier League. Being familiar with all of the clubs and the top opponents is how you survive playing in the best league of football and Shaw’s presence as a match-ready left-back for Leeds would make Bielsa’s lineup complete. He hasn’t been at his best for long periods at Manchester United, but he is the sort of player Marcelo Bielsa could turn into one of the best in the country - he also could become available following the arrival of Alex Telles from FC Porto.
Ángel Di María (Right Winger, Paris Saint-Germain, 32-years-old) –
Another June 2021 potential free transfer, Di María still maintains his elite winger status, so he will probably be far too expensive for Leeds. The last time he was in the Premier League, he was a disappointment for Man United but redeem himself in a similar full-time role with PSG. Picking Di María up as a free transfer would be a steal for Leeds. Lining him up with other midfielders such as Helder Costa or Jack Harrison would boost Leeds’ midfield core.
Isco (Attacking Midfield, Real Madrid, 28-years-old) –
The veteran Real Madrid midfielder has been linked for a transfer in recent months, with Everton favourites due to the player’s relationship with Carlo Ancelotti. The past month has Isco seeing limited minutes which could trigger more transfer talks between him and Real Madrid management. With his asking price dwindling and dwindling as the weeks go by, Leeds could be a dark horse bidding candidate for Isco. Isco easily grooms himself to play well with others when he is on the pitch and with that attribute fits perfect for Leeds United.
Kepa Arrizabalaga (Goalkeeper, Chelsea, 26-years-old) –
Kepa has become a transfer target ever since losing his starting job to Edouard Mendy. His asking price has been diluted way below to the price tag that he was bought back in 2018. Kepa’s poor performances became a financial blow for Chelsea and there’s no way they will recover since he is now on the bench. Leeds could gamble on Kepa and he can redeem himself as an elite goalkeeper. And most of all, he is not Kiko Casilla.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Central Midfield, Liverpool, 27-years-old) –
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been an important piece of Liverpool’s championship lineups and seeing his asking price in the transfer market would make Leeds a contender in securing a transfer with Oxlade-Chamberlain. Having his experience as an elite veteran midfielder and experience in big matches would benefit Leeds. He is still a part of the plans at Liverpool, but the arrival of Thiago Alcantara has pushed him down the pecking order and if he has plans to get back in the England squad then a move may be needed, the big drawback is his injury history.
Sergio Agüero (Centre-Forward, Manchester City, 32-years-old) –
Yeah, not happening I know, but let me dream.
Agüero’s contract ends in June 2021 and if Man City does not renew him, Leeds can be a dark horse club to steal Agüero on a free transfer. There’s so many reasons as to why Agüero fits perfectly under Bielsa’s lineup. The speed, playmaking, passing ability, pitch vision and prolific scoring ability is everything Leeds United look for in a forward. Although Bielsa would likely use Agüero off the bench behind Patrick Bamford.
Let us know in the comments below which players you liked on this list that Leeds United should get for the next winter and summer transfer windows.