By Danny Wright
Bologna could be drawn into selling Leeds target Filip Helander this summer, according to a report.
Italian newspaper Corriere di Bologna has claimed that the Whites are still vying for the 24-year-old’s signature after Goal reported in June that the Championship side had tabled a bid worth £3.5million.
It is now understood that Bologna would consider letting Helander leave this summer if the finances of a deal were what they would deem to be “advantageous”.
Former Radio Yorkshire journalist Joe Rawson has also reported on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday that the two-times Sweden international has slipped down the pecking order at Bologna after the arrival of new defenders.
Rawson also reports that the Italian club are now looking for £5million for the Serie A enforcer, which is £800,000 lower that what was reported by Goal in June.
These are no doubt massive boosts for Leeds in their pursuit of Helander, as it is clear that the Yorkshire giants are still in desperate need of a new centre-back ahead of next season.
Helander’s former Malmo team-mate Pontus Jansson is suspended for the first two fixtures of the campaign while Liam Cooper and Matthew Pennington, who has just arrived on loan from Everton, are Thomas Christiansen’s only other options in the heart of defence.
Bologna only signed Helander on a permanent deal from Hellas Verona in January, but they have since added centre-backs Sebastien De Maio and Giancarlo Gonzalez to their squad.
Football Insider Verdict
Leeds have to find a new centre-back before the season starts, otherwise they can find themselves in big trouble if one of Pennington or Cooper picks up a knock. Christiansen simply has to get off to a good start in August, because that may have been what cost Leeds their spot in the play-offs last season they their campaign took a while to get going last year. Jansson will be a big miss in the first league game against Bolton, but Helander looks like someone who could come in and do a study job alongside his former team-mate. It will be a great advantage for Christiansen to sign up someone who is already familiar with an existing squad member. They will no doubt work well alongside one another.
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