As the 2021/22 season officially draws to a close and Leeds United’s fixtures for the upcoming Premier League campaign are revealed, rumours linking new players to Jesse Marsch’s side are already beginning to intensify.
Deals for RB Salzburg’s Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen - who played under Marsch with the Austrian champions - were confirmed before the transfer window opened at the start of June, and the Whites are showing no intention of stopping there, with Marc Roca reportedly awaiting an agreement between Leeds and his current side Bayern Munich ahead of a £12m switch.
Leeds will pay €12m fee plus €2m add-ons for Marc Roca. There’s an agreement on personal terms, four year deal ready as reported today morning. ⚪️ #LUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 14, 2022
Payment terms now discussed and then deal completed. ⤵️ https://t.co/WJdqn6hhH4
With the chances of Kalvin Phillips departing for league holders Manchester City refusing to lessen and Raphinha still likely to leave despite Barcelona’s financial woes, United look to be aiming to strengthen their depth ahead of their third successive top flight season, resulting in new names emerging and old names resurfacing in transfer gossip columns.
The Independent reports that Leeds have made an offer of around £17m to Paris Saint Germain for their 20-year-old forward Kalimuendo.
A representative of France’s U21 side, he has spent the last two seasons on loan at fellow Ligue 1 outfit Lens, where he scored 21 goals in 65 games across all competitions.
Wouldn't be my first choice but I'm into it.— Jibber Jabber (@EthanFromOnline) June 16, 2022
Had his breakout with Lens (great identifiers of young talent) last year, broke 10 non penalty goals.
Fairly well-rounded to play by up top by himself, but could certainly mesch with Bamford too. #LUFC https://t.co/OXngqypelh
HITC adds with claims that Kalimuendo, who has been with PSG since 2012, has turned down a move to Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest, while Newcastle United and Leicester City also possess an interest in the striker.
Crippled by repeated injuries to Patrick Bamford last season, Leeds would do well to provide their starting striker with increased backup and competition.
Manchester City have become firm frontrunners to sign Leeds star Kalvin Phillips this summer, but should the Whites find a big-money bid too seducing to reject, they could find solace in engineering a move for Citizens’ starlet Lavia in the process.
The Athletic says that Leeds are interested in signing the 18-year-old holding midfielder, who is highly rated at the Etihad and is thought to have the potential to one day play in the first team.
Excl: Southampton and Leeds are interested in Manchester City midfielder Romeo Lavia.— Dan Sheldon (@dansheldonsport) June 16, 2022
He made his senior debut last season & is thought to be one of the most talented young players in his position.#SaintsFC #MCFC #LUFC
Story w/ @PhilHay_ & @SamLee: https://t.co/olFds1z7Vc
Subsequently Pep Guardiola’s side are reluctant to let him go, but he could be part of a deal that sees England international Phillips move in the other direction.
Premier League rivals Southampton also have a vested interest in the Belgian U21 international, according to the report.
This is not the first time Traore has been linked with a move to Elland Road; previous rumours regarding the 26-year-old didn’t go down well with supporters, but TEAMtalk says that director of football Victor Orta is ready to make his second attempt to sign the player.
After failing to persuade Barcelona to make his six-month loan deal permanent this summer, Traore is returning to the Molineux, but doesn’t intend on staying for long; the chances of him signing a new deal are low and it is thought he has been searching for an exit for the last year now.
.@TEAMtalk understands Victor Orta remains keen on a deal for Adama Traore this summer amid claims Wolves will now accept a cut-price £20m fee.— James Marshment (@marshyleeds) June 16, 2022
Winger was brought to Boro by Orta back in August 2016. | @GraemeBailey https://t.co/lFc8BCjVFV #LUFC
Traore, who was brought to Middlesbrough by Orta in 2016, is reportedly available for a cut-price fee of £20m, resulting in apparent interest from Leeds as well as Tottenham Hotspur. When rumours last surfaced linking the Barcelona academy product with Leeds, the rumoured fee was around double that number.
With Raphinha’s time at Elland Road almost up, Traore could be Leeds’ solution to replacing the Brazilian star, although their differing goalscoring records in the Premier League (Traore’s eight in 160 and Raphinha’s 17 in 65) are an indication that it would be far from a like-for-like swap.
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