Revealed: Leeds hit by double transfer blow today
Leeds United have been hit by a double transfer blow today after more competitions fell victim to the devastating consequences of the Coronavirus.
Uefa announced in a statement that the European Under-19s final tournament in July has been postponed and the European Under-17s final tournament in May has been cancelled.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider the club intended to send scouts to both competitions to assess rising stars on their hit lists.
Those missions have now hit the skids and placed summer plans in further disarray for United.
Leeds, in common with multiple other leading clubs, use major youth tournaments to monitor emerging talents who have either already caught their eye or they have not seen in elite competition before.
The Yorkshire giants have recruited plenty of young players from across Europe during the Andrea Radrizzani era, especially from Victor Orta’s native Spain.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
Most of those have gone into the Under-23s and Under-18s set-ups rather than into the first team squad.
The uncertainty over potential new signings come as Leeds sweat on their promotion dream.
With the UK in lockdown for another two weeks at least, and probably longer, meetings between ruling bodies are taking place this week over various options to complete the season.
Leeds chiefs have already made clear their preference for this campaign to be finished before the next one begins.
United top the Championship table with nine matches remaining and are hot favourites to secure one of the two automatic promotion places.
In other Leeds United news, a potential £170million move is becoming closer to reality after new developments.