By Noel Whelan

4th Jan, 2021 | 6:18pm

'I guarantee Bielsa is on the phone with him' - Exclusive: Pundit drops Leeds signing claim

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa will be in regular contact with newly-appointed Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino amid reports of a move for Julian Draxler.

That is according to former Whites striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the prospect of the 27-year-old swapping the Parc des Prances for Elland Road this month.

According to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, Leeds have reignited their interest in the PSG attacking midfielder following the appointment of former Tottenham boss Pochettino.

Draxler has been a bit-part player in the French capital of late, making just five starts in a season hampered by injury.

Whelan is adamant that the 56-times Germany international would thrive at Elland Road.

“I think it could be a fruitful relationship between Bielsa and Pochettino,” he told Football Insider.

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“We know they have a great relationship with one another and there is a lot of respect there.

“I guarantee they will be on the phone, I imagine they talk regularly because they are friends. It seems to me that we have a very good ally there when it comes to potential signings.

“Draxler was linked with us in the summer so it does not surprise me that it has risen its head again.

“Leeds are in the market for the right player. If the right player is available at the right price we will pursue it.

“Would he add quality? Absolutely. Has he got intelligence and experience? Tonnes of it. I would snap him up if he is there.

“It has to be the right deal for both but right now a player like that would thrive at Leeds United. He could push players for their places.”  

In other news, a top pundit has tipped Leeds United attacker Tyler Roberts to exit Elland Road this month after two big updates.