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Leeds ‘make enquiry’ for Ivory Coast international Hamed Traore, but face stiff competition from AC Milan

At Stadio Olimpico of Rome, SS Lazio beat Sassuolo 2-1 for the 31th game of Italian Serie A..In this picture: Hamed Traore

Leeds United have reportedly made an enquiry to Italian outfit Sassuolo over the potential transfer of midfielder Hamed Traore.

Traore made 31 appearances in Serie A last season, scoring seven and assisting two more. This was his best-performing season so far as a professional, and as a result he was attracted attention across Europe. Now, Leeds are hopeful they can tempt the star to Yorkshire as they bid to improve their midfield.

That’s according to Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali, who conducted an interview with Italian news outlet Corriere dello Sport.

In the interview, Carnevali addressed interest in the 22-year-old, and admitted contact had been made from potential suitors.

He said: “We have received a request (from Leeds), but I repeat, we will not sell all of them.”

But Leeds are not the only club to have reportedly made contact. The report adds that Italian giants AC Milan have also made the same approach.

AC Milan were crowned Serie A champions in the 2021/22 season for the first time in 11 years. Now, they are looking to improve their squad in a bid to defend this title.

The attacking midfielder has already proven to be suited in the Italian top division. He has spent his entire professional career in Italy, having started with Empoli in 2018.

The star has also received a call-up to national side Ivory Coast as a result of his top performances.

Hamed Traore to improve Leeds’ squad depth

If Leeds can beat AC Milan to the signing, it will significantly improve their squad.

With stars Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips both set to leave this summer, the club will need to be active in the transfer market.

An attacking midfielder is also a good position for Leeds to start should they begin to rebuild this summer.

The club struggled in front of goal last season, managing just 42 goals in the league. Raphinha was responsible for 11 of those, and with him set to leave the front line must improve.

It is unclear what response to the enquiry Sassuolo will give. However, with the cash available from selling the Brazilian winger and Phillips, the club could place a strong bid.

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