By Wayne Veysey

23rd Jul, 2020 | 8:30am

Revealed: Door opens for Leeds to sign £20m-valued playmaker after dramatic twist

The door has opened for Leeds United to make a move for Said Benrahma after Brentford missed out on automatic promotion.

The London club must triumph in the fraught play-offs following a dramatic final night of Championship action that brought their second consecutive defeat and handed West Brom the second promotion spot and entry to the Premier League.

Leeds assured their place in the top flight last Friday and are making plans to bolster their squad this summer for their top-flight return.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Marcelo Bielsa is in the market for a playmaker who can succeed Pablo Hernandez as his team’s creator-in-chief.

The Athletic’s Phil Hay revealed on Monday that United would likely make a move for Benrahma this summer if Brentford fail to reach the Premier League.

That possibility has significantly increased following the Bees’ end-of-season slump in which they threw away automatic promotion.

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Football Insider has been told that it would take a fee of £20m for Brentford to part with Benrahma.

He has been one of the Championship’s standout players this season, with his 43 appearances in the competition yielding 17 goals and nine assists.

Capable like Hernandez of playing behind the main striker or in a wide attacking role, the Algeria international is attracting interest from multiple Premier League clubs.

Benrahama signed for Brentford from Nice in 2018 and has made a huge impact during his two seasons in London.

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