Leeds United can expect to finally welcome their first senior signing of the summer with a £7m deal for Ethan Ampadu expected to go through – and more good news is also seemingly on the way.
The Whites have seen something of an exodus of players since their relegation to the second tier. Indeed, Marc Roca on Monday was added to an ever-growing list including Rodrigo, Rasmus Kristensen, Brenden Aaronson, Robin Koch and Diego Llorente.
As a result, and with the new Championship season kicking off in under three weeks, fans have started to get a little concerned.
However, after the EFL ratified the takeover of Leeds United by 49ers Enterprises late on Monday evening, the club are now set to put plans to strengthen their squad into motion.
Leeds will pay Chelsea a fee of £7m for the 22-year-old. Capped 44 times by Wales, Ampadu has been on Chelsea’s books since a move from Exeter back in 2017.
However, he has only managed a total of 12 appearances for the club in that time. And having been sent on a series of loans, Chelsea have now decided to cash in on the player.
Per Fabrizio Romano, Leeds will put Ampadu through a medical on Tuesday. And if all goes to plan, his signing by the club should be confirmed later today.
Romano also reveals that Leeds have already agreed personal terms with the player. And it’s also emerged that Chelsea will retain a sell-on clause as part of the deal.
Leeds given major Luis Sinisterra boost following Ampadu transfer
Ampadu’s arrival will provide Leeds with cover for two positions. Capable of playing at both centre-half and as a CDM, it is thought Daniel Farke initially plans to use the star at the base of midfield.
His signing should also kick off a busy period for Leeds with Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara also being eyed. The Finland international is a long-time target of Leeds but could now complete a move to Elland Road.
In the meantime, Leeds will hope the exodus of stars will allow the club to retain the services of a number of key players. Indeed, 49ers Enterprises have already made clear their wishes to keep Tyler Adams, Max Wober and Wilfried Gnonto for the promotion push.
True to their word, the club have recently knocked back a sizeable bid from Everton for Gnonto.
Now reports in Colombia claim Leeds are also growing in confidence that they can also retain the services of Luis Sinisterra.
The Colombia winger joined Leeds in a £22m deal from Feyenoord last summer. Showing flashes of brilliance, Sinisterra finished the season with seven goals for Leeds in just 22 games. Sadly for the Whites, a series of injuries limited his amount of game-time.
Since relegation, Sinisterra has been linked with a move to AC Milan.
However, Colombian paper AS reports that Leeds always wanted the 24-year-old to stay after relegation. And now his future ‘has changed in recent weeks’ and he looks set to remain at Elland Road.
If accurate, that will give Leeds an enormous boost building up the new season. The winger showed his appetite in last week’s pre-season opener against Manchester United. And if Leeds can keep him fit, he could prove a valuable asset in their push for promotion.