Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch insists the club are still trying to strengthen their squad before the transfer window shuts – and has indicated a decision is close to being made on a possible new goalkeeper signing.
The Whites have attacked the summer window in a positive fashion. To date, they have seven new signings to their name, with Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams and Luis Sinisterra the high-profile additions. However, with those new arrivals funded by the sales of Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, Leeds remain in the market for further additions.
To that end, the club remains in the hunt to sign a new striker. Their bid for Charles De Ketelaere ultimately fell short with the Belgian securing his dream move to Milan. To that end, the player has here explained his reasons for pushing for the Italian champions.
But other options remain on the table for Leeds. PSG’s Arnaud Kalimuendo is one player being considered. And they are reportedly also in the hunt for Watford’s Ismaila Sarr and Martin Terrier of Rennes.
Either way, with just under a month left in the window, Leeds still do have time on their side.
And following a chat with chairman Andrea Radrizzani, Marsch says money is still there to strengthen his squad.
“I’m already excited about what’s been done,” Marsch told a press conference. “I’ve expressed daily my appreciation for his support in carrying out our plans with investment.”
He added: “We are trying to be prudent. We were very sure in every transfer we attacked and now we are evaluating the squad closely with what we still need.”
Asked if the money is there, he added: “I think every manager wants more money (laughs). We will be intelligent with what we do.”
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Leeds go into the new season with Illan Meslier as their established No 1. His current deputy Krisoffer Klaesson has been carrying an ankle injury but will be fit to take his place on the bench against Wolves on Saturday.
There remains question marks over whether Leeds do need to bring in a more experienced No 2 with Kiko Casilla departing. As such, links to Ben Foster have been gathering momentun in recent weeks.
Asked if Leeds may sign a new goalkeeper, Marsch added: “Yes, there’s an argument for that. Marcos [Abad Peidro] has created a good environment with the goalkeepers.
“Everyone has to be clear with what the role is. That needs to strengthen us rather than create friction. We’re close to a decision on that.”
Liam Cooper ruled out v Wolves
Leeds begin the new season at home to Wolves on Saturday, but they must do so without injured captain Liam Cooper. The centre-half has been unavailable during pre-season having picked up an injury on a treadmill.
Marsch admits the injury has taken longer to heal than expected. And his absence will see Robin Koch partnering Diego Llorente in the heart of defence. Pascal Struijk will start at left-back, covering for the injured Junior Firpo.
Leeds United will also be without Sinisterra, Adam Forshaw and long-term injury victims Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas.
One man who looks to be approaching full fitness though is Patrick Bamford. He only appeared fleetingly under Marsch last season so more than welcomes his return to the fold.
“It’s massive – this is a huge week for him. He looks great, looks strong, looks sharp.
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How will Leeds cope without Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips in the upcoming campaign?
“It’s such a good thing having Patrick closer to 100 per cent. It helps us work tactically with what he needs to look like. Looks great and fit, psychologically excited and we have a great player on our hands. He’s not quite 100 per cent, but close.”
Asked if he feels the Leeds side he has now is stronger than the one that finished last season, Jesse Marsch concluded: “Yes, because there is more clarity in how we play!”