Leeds midfield target makes obvious transfer hint when asked about Whites interest, teasing January arrival

Sasa Lukic

Serie A star Sasa Lukic has made a big suggestion he could move to Leeds United in the new year while reacting to interest from Jesse Marsch’s team.

In 2021, sources in Italy put Leeds on the central midfielder’s trail. Leeds were said to be pushing for his signing at that point. Ultimately, the West Yorkshire club focused on other targets and Lukic remained in Italy.

However, he has continued to impress for Torino since then. And this is one of the reasons why a Premier League switch is a possibility for 2023.

The 26-year-old is part of the Serbia squad for the World Cup. He will play alongside Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dusan Vlahovic of Juventus as Serbia look to make a real statement in Group G. They will come up against Brazil, Switzerland and Cameroon.

A great World Cup could result in Leeds firming up their interest in Lukic and launching a move for him this January.

Torino would ideally like to keep the star. But his contract expires in summer 2024 and if he decides against penning a new one they will be at risk of losing him.

During a recent interview, Lukic was asked about the Leeds rumours and where he sees his career going.

He teased a potential transfer to Elland Road by admitting how large his career aspirations are.

Leeds-linked player admits to ‘big ambitions’

“To be honest, I have big ambitions,” Lukic said (via Sport Witness). “I’m sure I’ll get where I set my sights, and whether it’s after the World Cup or next summer, we’ll see.”

It is clear Lukic is gunning for a move to a bigger club next year. While he is already playing at a good level in Italy, the Premier League is a step above right now.

This is shown by Unai Emery swapping Villarreal, who are competing in this season’s Europa Conference League, for Aston Villa. When he joined the Villans, they were looking to move away from the bottom three.

Julen Lopetegui, who won the Europa League with Sevilla, has become manager of Wolves after his sacking by the Spanish club.

Moves like these show that even clubs towards the wrong end of the Premier League table can attract big names.

So Leeds shouldn’t have too much trouble in convincing Lukic on a transfer to West Yorkshire.

Lukic would have plenty of competition for a starting spot under Marsch, though.

Tyler Adams and Marc Roca have cemented themselves as the usual midfield pairing following the departure of Kalvin Phillips.

Further forward, Marsch likes to go with Brenden Aaronson in a central attacking midfield role. And given how impressive this trio has been, Lukic may struggle to get into the first team.

Adam Forshaw and Mateusz Klich have both been linked with transfers away from Leeds, though. This means Lukic could become the main backup midfielder for the likes of Adams and Roca.

Meanwhile, West Ham are preparing to battle Leeds for the signing of a Bundesliga full-back, according to reports.