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.
Diego Llorente has arrived in Italy to sign for AS Roma. Initial loan deal with option-to-buy. pic.twitter.com/5h9nJKvNiZ— EuroFoot (@eurofootcom) January 30, 2023
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.
Portuguese centre back Diogo Monteiro has just completed medical tests as new Leeds United player ⚪️ #LUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 30, 2023
Deal set to be signed — Monteiro will replace Llorente who’s set to join AS Roma.
Meanwhile, Weston McKennie is also set to complete medicals with Leeds. pic.twitter.com/0TqVhrs3sb