Michael Cuisance, Bayern Munich’s young central midfielder, is the latest player linked with a move to Elland Road according to Foot Mercato.
Foot Mercato also claim Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is a big fan of the Frenchman and is encouraging management to consider a permanent transfer. Marseille have also reportedly been in contact with Bayern over a potential loan deal.
Cuisance broke onto the scene as a teenager at Borussia Monchengladbach. In 2017/2018 he made 24 appearances for the Foals and would later be named the fan’s player of season at just 18 years old. However after starting 9 games his first season with Gladbach, the young Frenchman would go on to start only once the following season and make just 13 appearances. The lack of playing time didn’t go down well with the youngster and he let his feelings be known which drew criticism from his teammates and his sporting director.
His solid play for France’s youth national team’s and past performances at club level were enough to convince Bundesliga champions Bayern to make a move for the disgruntled midfielder last summer. However if lack of playing time at Gladbach was a major frustration, the fight for a starting spot only escalated at Bayern. Cuisance would only make 12 appearances in all competitions and just three Bundesliga starts in his first season with the eventual Champions League winners, scoring once.
This season didn’t start the way Cuisance wanted either. After not featuring in Bayern’s Super Cup victory against Chelsea in August, he let his disappointment be known again.
While a change of scenery might be of benefit for Cuisance, it would be interesting to see where he’d fit in at Leeds. In the past he’s typically been played in a deeper central midfielder position which is currently occupied by England international Kalvin Phillips.
With Munich thin in the center of the park after Thiago’s £20M move from Bayern to Premier League champions, Liverpool, the deal may also depend on the Bavarians ability to find a replacement.
Cuisance most recently played 18 minutes off the bench in Bayern’s 8-0 dismantling of Schalke last Friday.
Having just about sealed a deal for centre-back Diego Llorente, Leeds have been toying with upping their bid for Udinese’s Rodrigo De Paul, with the price-tag set too high for the Argentine. With a little over a week left of the European market, The Whites need to bring someone in as soon as possible. The longer it goes on, the harder to buy, and the larger the fee.