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Roma Sign Out-of-Favour Leeds centre-back Diego Llorente on Loan-to-Buy Deal

The Spain international departs Elland Road...

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Llorente has struggled for minutes this season.
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Leeds United have made an unexpected deal to send Diego Llorente to Roma on loan with an obligation to buy at the end of the season, despite the Spaniard signing a new contract in January.

Llorente has been somewhat out of favour at Leeds this season, partly due to injury woes, and partly due to form. However, The Whites have managed to at least break even on the 29-year-old, who cost Leeds £18m in 2020.

The Spanish international has managed just 648 Premier League minutes this season, with a total of 59 appearances and four goals to go with his two-and-a-half seasons as a Leeds defender.

Injuries have plagued much of his spell at Elland Road, and it now looks like Leeds are moving on, with young defender, Diogo Monteiro ready to take Llorente’s place in the Leeds squad.