Leeds clear to move for Arjen Robben clone but fierce competition awaits

Date published: Thursday 15th July 2021 10:53 - Neil Foster

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Leeds United may look to swoop for Josip Brekalo after reports claim Wolfsburg are open to letting the winger leave this summer.

The Whites were first linked with the Croatia international back in May while Everton were also credited with an interest. The 23-year-old enjoyed a standout season for Die Wolfe, making 22 starts among 19 Bundesliga outings. He bagged seven goals and assisted three while being selected for Croatia’s Euro 2020 squad.

And it seems as though his displays have not gone unnoticed, with Bayern Munich and Napoli also linked in May. A few more big-hitters are said to have entered the picture, with Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina now keen.

Likened to former Netherlands winger Arjen Robben, Brekalo is a versatile player, able to operate on either wing. And it seems as though the Bundesliga outfit might be prepared to let him leave in order to raise funds.

The report adds that Wolfsburg are looking for a loan-to-buy deal, with a price of around £15m mooted for next summer. That would be well within the budget of all the clubs mentioned.

And it could lead to a battle for his signature in the next few weeks. According to CalcioMercato, Spanish champions Atletico are in pole position to land the former Dinamo Zagreb wide man.

And Diego Simeone may be a stumbling block to his fellow Argentine Marcelo Bielsa landing the Croat.

Brekalo could fit Leeds profile

Bielsa is known to be in the market for an attacking player as he looks to build on a solid Premier League campaign. It was the Elland Road outfit’s first foray into England’s top division for 16 years.

And they finished a creditable ninth in the standings. It is always tougher second time around and, with that in mind, the South American is looking for quality additions.

And Brekalo may well fit he bill, with an ability to influence a game from many positions. He has also played just behind the main striker.

While not being a major goal threat he does chip in with the odd strike, with 17 for Wolfsburg to date. He is young and hungry and would benefit from playing under such an experienced manager with the West Yorkshire club.

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But, having seen the calibre of clubs vying for his signature, it is going to be a tough task to land him.

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