Leeds signing blitz: Bielsa & Orta work on signing two A-list attack-minded players - Sources
Leeds United are working on signing two A-list attack-minded players ahead of the transfer window cut-off in 10 days, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
Marcelo Bielsa has given the green light for the Yorkshire giants to recruit an attacking midfielder and a number eight who can dictate the play from an advanced central midfield position.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that United are working on multiple deals for the Argentine with a late-window blitz on the cards.
Leeds have been successful in strengthening their defence in this window, with Diego Llorente arriving from Real Sociedad this week to join the earlier capture of Robin Koch.
The sole new attacking purchase has been Rodrigo Moreno, who joined in a club-record deal worth an initial £27million.
The Premier League new boys have found it more difficult sealing a midfield playmaker who can dictate the play in Bielsa’s side.
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Leeds have held extensive talks about a deal for Rodrigo De Paul but have been unable to agree a fee with his club Udinese even though he wants the move and has agreed personal terms.
Bielsa and recruitment chief Victor Orta are assessing other less expensive targets but the emphasis is on top calibre players with a body of work behind them.
Leeds are also considering a late-window move for Ross Barkley, although that would be a loan rather than a permanent deal.
Leeds also want to bring in an attacking player who can operate out wide like Jack Harrison and Helder Costa as well as from a number 10 role.
The likes of Rangers’ Ryan Kent and Liverpool’s Harry Wilson have been among the targets but both deals now look unlikely.