Leeds United are seemingly edging ever closer to the signing of Marc Roca with a report claiming they have already negotiated a substantial package with the midfielder.
Jesse Marsch’s side – along with several of their rivals – have made a pretty fast start to the summer transfer window. Having avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth, they soon had a deal in place for Brenden Aaronson. And the USA star was soon joined at Elland Road by another RB Salzburg man in Rasmus Kristensen.
Now though, Marsch and Co, are desperate to bolster their central midfield options. They went four and a half years without signing a midfielder before Aaronson’s arrival; now they are poised to land a second of the summer in Roca.
He first emerged as a Leeds target just last week, with Victor Orta identifying him as a potential recruit. The Spanish star moved to Bavaria in summer 2020 from Espanyol, but has found games hard to come by.
Indeed, he has made just 24 appearances over his two seasons at the Allianz Arena. Competition in the centre of their midfield is tough with Leon Goretzke, Corentin Tolisso, Marcel Sabitzer, Joshua Kimmech and Jamal Musiala all capable of playing there.
Furthermore, Bayern have finalised the addition of Ryan Gravenberch and are also closing on Konrad Laimer too.
As such, Bayern will not stand in Roca’s way over a move away.
Four-year deal for Marc Roca
According to reports on Monday, the midfielder has now chosen to join Leeds ahead of six other suitors.
Sky Deutschland now suggest his move to Elland Road is closing in with Orta agreeing personal terms with his agent.
The 25-year-old has reportedly agreed a four-year deal to 2026, and will earn what’s been described as ‘significantly higher’ than his current £40,000 a week wages.
Leeds just now need to settle on a transfer fee with Bayern Munich, which is not expected to be difficult.
The Bundesliga champions are reportedly looking for a small profit on the £7.76m (€9m) fee they paid Espanyol. As such, reports indicate a fee in the region of £11.2m-£12.9m (€13m-€15m) will secure his signing.
Talks are continuing between the two sides though there’s a growing feeling that his transfer can soon be finalised.
Leeds right to strengthen midfield options
Leeds United were badly affected by injuries to their central midfield last season. As a result, strengthening in the area has always been a priority for the club this summer.
Indeed, Kalvin Phillips managed just 1596 minutes of Premier League football last season. And while the return of Adam Forshaw after a two-year injury absence was a major boost, he too succumbed to a fractured knee cap injury late in the season.
After those two, Leeds can call on Mateusz Klich, though at 32, the Pole – in some people’s eyes – is a bit of a fading force.
Youngster Lewis Bate is an upcoming talent though doesn’t look quite ready for a regular run of games.
Beyond that, Leeds have experimented with defenders Pascal Struijk and Robin Koch in holding midfield roles. Neither has done enough to suggest they have a long-term future in the position.
As such, the addition of Marc Roca seems an astute move by Leeds. With Premier League benches allowing up to five subs per game next season, a circa £12m deal for the Spaniard is one that ticks plenty of boxes for the Whites.