Leeds are in closing on the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Cuisance after hopes of landing Rodrigo de Paul seemingly came to an end.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side first registered their interest for Udinese’s star man De Paul earlier this month. Since then, there has been plenty of conjecture and speculation.
After seeing their initial offer rejected, hopes were raised when De Paul delivered this tantalising one-word answer to talk of joining Leeds.
Now, according to Fabrizio Romano, Leeds have seen a second bid for De Paul fail.
As per the Italian transfer expert, Leeds’ second bid was thought to be worth €25m plus add-ons.
However, reports indicate Udinese are holding out for nearer €35m for De Paul – a price Leeds are unwilling to match.
United, however, are not resting on their laurels. As such, the club are thought to have lined up two more exciting signings before the window shuts.
As per Romano, via L’Equipe, Leeds are speaking with European champions Bayern Munich over a deal for Cuisance.
The 21-year-old moved to Bavaria from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer and impressed in his debut season. He made 15 appearances overall, chipping in with three goals and assisting another.
However, the latest report claims he has become frustrated with his “insufficient” level of game time and wants a move away.
As such, Leeds have made their move to sign the midfielder and have lodged an initial €20m offer.
Leeds are in advanced talks to sign Michaël Cuisance, as per L’Équipé. €20m offered to Bayern Münich and personal terms agreed until June 2025. Fee details still to be completed between clubs. Another bid from #LUFC for de Paul [€25m] was turned down by Udinese. ⚪️ #transfers
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 27, 2020
The Whites are reported to be competing with Marseille for the France U21 international.
But while OM can only submit a loan-to-buy offer, Leeds are ready to stump up the cash.
As per L’Equipe, Leeds have already agreed personal terms with the player on a contract to summer 2025.
Talks are continuing over a fee, with Bayern believed to be seeking nearer €25m.
However, the European champions are willing to sell and it’s not thought a deal will be hard to reach.
Bielsa quiet on Cantwell links
It’s reported Leeds have even made a firm bid for the England Under-21 international. Cantwell was not in Norwich’s squad for their Championship clash with Bournemouth on Sunday.
Leeds are yet to reach an agreement with club or player, amid talk of a £15m move.
And after Sunday’s win at Sheffield United, Bielsa said he would not comment on the player until Leeds confirmed his signing.
“We only like to talk about signings when they are actually made because a lot can happen during these moments,” Bielsa said. “So I don’t like to talk about signings until they are confirmed.”