By Danny Wright
Leeds have made an approach for Bologna enforcer Filip Helander, according to a report.
News outlet Goal claims that the Whites have tabled a seven-figure bid worth around £3.5million for the Sweden international.
However it is understood that Bologna rate Helander at £5.8million and will hold out until they manage to agree on a fee worth that much.
Goal also reports that the 24-year-old is open to a switch to Elland Road this summer, having played alongside Whites favourite Pontus Jansson at both international level and with Malmo in Sweden.
Helander only moved to Bologna in January in a deal worth £1.75million from Serie B outfit Hellas Verona after an initial loan spell, but has suffered with numerous spells on the sidelines through injury.
He made just 13 appearances across all competitions last season, scoring once in a 1-1 draw with Italian titans Lazio.
The two-times Sweden international centre-back was hit by muscle problems and a knee injury, which saw his playing time restricted, especially around the winter period when he made his move to Bologna a permanent one.
Despite his woes, Helander earned his first senior cap with the Swedish team in March when he played against Portugal in a 3-2 friendly win.
Football Insider Verdict
Leeds definitely need a new centre-back this summer as it looks as though it may be hard to get Kyle Bartley back for another season. Helander is probably someone they should avoid signing though as the centre-back appears to be a player that spends more time off the pitch than on it – even if he is a former teammate of Jansson and a Sweden international. There has to be better options out there for Thomas Christiasen and his recruitment staff. £3.5million isn’t a low amount of money for Leeds so they need to be investing that in someone who can give at least 30 league appearances in a season, not a sick-note like Helander.
In other Leeds news, this Bundesliga star is set to travel to England to complete a medical with the Whites.