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Leeds United in advanced talks to sign Michael Cuisance from Bayern Munich

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The Whites are closing in on a big money deal for central midfielder Michael Cuisance from the European Champions.

Bayern Munich Training Session: UEFA Super Cup
Cuisance warms up ahead of the UEDA Super Cup match between Bayern Munich and Sevilla.
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Leeds United are close to finalising a deal for Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Cuisance, according to French outlet L’Equipe.

The Whites have been in search of a new central midfielder this summer, and are now very close to sealing a deal for French youngster Cuisance for around £18 million. The fee and deal structure is still to be agreed however, with the 21-year old agreeing a five-year contract.

It’s a surprise to see Cuisance’s name pop-up again after seemingly being ruled-out of a move due to Bayern’s lack of numbers in the centre of the park. Leeds have been locked in negotiations for Udinese’s Rodrigo De Paul for a month now and have since moved on to other targets after another bid was rejected.

Cuisance only got nine appearances in the Bundesliga last season, scoring one and assisting one, with his lack of huge game time so far in his career not showing incredible numbers, but the talent is clearly there as the Frenchman is highly regarded in Europe as a very well-rounded central midfielder.

Meanwhile, Todd Cantwell was left out of Norwich’s squad against Bournemouth, with Daniel Farke openly criticising the 22-year old after being asked about his future amid an offer from Leeds.

Bielsa’s side won their second game of the new Premier League season against Sheffield United this weekend after signing much needed defensive competition in the form of Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad. Since then, it has been made clear that Leeds are looking for a central midfielder and a winger.

From today’s links, director of football Victor Orta may well have a busy week on his hands, as he has until October 5th to finalise any incomings from Europe.