By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United have today used Marcelo Bielsa and his tactical masterplan as key sweeteners in their bid to secure the loan signing of Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah, Football Insider understands.
Bristol City have edged narrowly ahead of their Championship rivals in the race for the temporary capture of the England Under-21 international following fresh negotiations between the parties today.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider the club are still hopeful of landing Nketiah but do not have an agreement in place after hopes they could ambush the deal City had in place.
Football Insider reported yesterday that United had made their move for the striker after Johnson’s team had spent weeks laying the groundwork for a season-long loan.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are still in with a chance of signing Nketiah but need to convince the player it would be a better career move head to Elland Road rather than Ashton Gate.
Victor Orta, the Leeds recruitment chief who has been leading negotiations for his club, is using the pull of fabled coach Marcelo Bielsa and the central striker role identified for the rising star as key arguments to sway him.
United need attacking reinforcements after the sale of Kemar Roofe to Anderlecht left Patrick Bamford as the club’s only senior centre-forward.
Nketiah has scored three goals in 19 matches for Arsenal after netting prolifically for the club’s Under-23s, Under-18s and various age-group sides.
He is regarded as one of the club;s outstanding young players and someone capable of establishing himself in their first team in the future.
In other Leeds United news, Marcelo Bielsa is freezing out senior outfield international and wants him gone within the next 24 hours.