President open to sale, as price tag placed on Leeds midfield target

Date published: Tuesday 20th October 2020 9:36

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Jose Campana is eager to leave Levante to “grow” and club president Quico Catalan is well aware of the situation.

Leeds are believed to have failed with a last-ditch attempt to sign Campana on deadline day, according to reports in Spain.

Leeds were eager to bring in a new central midfielder in the transfer window, and had been close to signing Michael Cuisance from Bayern Munich.

However, despite an £18m agreement being close, the move collapsed. A failed medical was blamed at the time, but the player has since denied this after joining Marseille on loan instead.

Super Deporte (via Sport Witness) claimed that Leeds turned their focus to Campana after missing out on Cuisance.

A deal did not materialise though, despite an offer of around £14m from Andrea Radrizzani. Atletico Madrid were also rumoured to be interested in the 27-year-old.

 

 

After spending time in England with Crystal Palace in the early part of his career Campana is looking for a big-money move and he has told Catalan as much.

Catalan told Radio Marca (via HITC): “I do not care that Campana publicly conveys his desire to leave. It is normal that José, with his age and potential, wants to play the Champions League and fight for titles. There is no problem.

“I see it as natural that Campana wants to grow,” he said. “He has told me to my face in my office. But his behaviour here is exemplary.”

The report also claims that Levante would be willing to hold talks with Atletico Madrid regarding a potential January switch to the Wanda Metropolitano.

There is a price tag to meet though with Catalan looking for almost double the £14m Leeds offered earlier this month.

“Although he would refuse to accept less than £25m for a man who made his Spain debut during the October international break,” claims the report.

With his contract to run until 2023, a move in 2021 may well suit both parties.

Bielsa frustrated

Meanwhile, Marcelo Bielsa was left frustrated after watching his side struggle in the second-half of their 1-0 loss to Wolves.

Raul Jimenez’s deflected second-half goal was enough to give the visitors victory at Elland Road.

Although Leeds dominated the opening period, the visitors were in charge from the final minute of the half when Daniel Podence’s shot was saved.

Wolves were well on top by the time Jimenez took the ball across the Leeds area before cutting back and seeing his weak effort deflect off the head of Kalvin Phillips and wrongfoot Illan Meslier.


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Speaking to BBC Match of the Day after the game, Bielsa admitted it had been a tough game for his side.

He said: “In the first half we should have established a difference, in the second half it was more even.

“We had the sensation that we could unbalance them. We created enough opportunities to establish a lead.

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