25-year-old Carpi striker Jerry Mbakogu is close to agreeing a £3million move to Leeds, according to a reliable journalist.
Nicolo Schira, a journalist with La Gazzetta dello Sport, made the claim on his personal Twitter account on Sunday morning.
He claimed that the 6ft 1 striker was close to agreeing a four-year deal that would keep him at Elland Road until 2022.
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) May 13, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
This seems like another risky deal. A foreign player who hasn’t set the world alight signing for a pretty big fee by Championship standards. Mbakogu has only scored six goals in 25 Serie B appearances this season, and his record of 37 goals and 22 assists in 132 games for Carpi won’t flood the Leeds fans with confidence. He’s 25-years-old so should be at his peak and we really hope this isn’t another typical Orta deal, that’s done on some spurious analytics away from the crucial goal stats. The Leeds fans are already concerned at the news, but if he does come good then he would be a huge bargain. If he turns out to be another Grot or Ekuban, or even a Lasogga, then Orta is going to have real problems at Leeds. What’s wrong with tried and tested Championship strikers? The only reason can be that they’re seen as too expensive. However, if you add up £1.5million for Grot with £500k for Ekuban, £3million for Mbakogu… it soon mounts up. We’ll reserve judgement until the deal is concluded and he’s unleashed in the Championship.