By Michael Brown

15th Jul, 2020 | 4:00pm

'Ridiculous' - Exclusive: Michael Brown reacts as Leeds ready centre-back bid

Leeds United will not go “crazy” in the summer transfer window as they plot a move to sign Benfica defender Branimir Kalaica, according to Michael Brown.

The former Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the 22-year-old could be a “great” signing but claims the Whites will be extra-picky in their recruitment plans.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Yorkshire giants are preparing a bid for the Croatian centre-back after blowing club scouts away with his excellent data metrics.

Brown insists that Leeds need to make signings who are experienced or can quickly adapt to the Premier League, but suggests there does not need to be a major overhaul of the squad.

Brown told Football Insider: “There are going to be 500 players linked with Leeds United, it’s going to be ridiculous. 

“The thing I’ll say is how well the team have done, I watched the first-half performance against Arsenal in the FA Cup and I thought the style and the energy Leeds United have, they might not need as many players as you think.

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“You’ve got to be really, really picky, someone who can go straight in and know the league here, know the Premier League, and then one or two outside that and if it is another centre-back from another country then great – I’m sure they won’t go crazy with players who don’t know the leagues.” 

Club captain Liam Cooper and Brighton loanee Ben White have been Bielsa’s first-choice centre-back pairing all season, while Gaetano Berardi and Kalvin Phillips have acted as backup options.

Kalaica, who stands at 6ft 4in tall, played regularly for Benfica’s B side in the second tier of Portuguese football last season.

In other Leeds United news, Kevin Phillips reacts as club reportedly line up swoop for £40million striker.

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