By Alex McLeish

8th Jan, 2021 | 4:00pm

Pundit Exclusive: Bielsa could seal Leeds transfer coup using 'Old Pals Act'

Alex McLeish has suggested Mauricio Pochettino’s appointment at PSG could give Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United an advantage in the transfer market. 

The former Rangers and Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has insisted the “old pals act” between managers and players can help swing things like new signings one way or another.

Italian publication Gazetta dello Sport report that Leeds, as well as Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin, are interested in signing PSG attacking midfielder Julian Draxler as the 27-year-old heads into the final six months of his contract in the French capital.

The Ligue 1 giants have just appointed Pochettino as manager following Thomas Tuchel’s departure, with the club sitting third in the top-flight table.

The Argentine boss is a known disciple of the current Leeds manager, having worked under the 65-year old for both club and country, and has called him one of his “footballing fathers” in the past.

With the Whites reportedly eyeing up Draxler, who had fallen out of favour at PSG, McLeish believes that Pochettino will do what he can to help Bielsa in the window.

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Asked if the relationship between managers can help clubs in the transfer market, McLeish told Football Insider: “Yep, the old pals act can work very well in football. It’s been done many, many times before.

“I remember I tried to get a player way, way back in the day and Roy Keane was at Sunderland at the time and it was a Manchester United player, he got him.

“He did really well for them and he could have helped my team at the time. So, that was all kind of the old pals act, so I think that’s something that could benefit Bielsa and Pochettino.” 

Leeds currently 12th in the Premier League in what is Bielsa’s third season in charge at Elland Road.

The Whites currently have the likes of Rodrigo Moreno and Pablo Hernandez as attacking midfield options on their books.

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