Leeds United have €20m Chelsea strike target in their sights

Date published: Friday 27th March 2020 2:19 - Matthew Briggs

Habib Diallo

Leeds are one of a host of clubs to be interested in Metz striker Habib Diallo, claims a report in France.

French outlet Le Foot via Sport Witness are reporting that Leeds, alongside Chelsea, Leicester City and Crystal Palace, are interested in the 24-year-old.

Leeds were looking for an additional signing in January, but eventually landed Jean-Kevin Augustin from RB Leipzig. The 22-year-old arrived at Elland Road well short of match fitness and Marcelo Bielsa promised to ease the forward into the first team gradually.

He made three sub appearances last month, but was left out of the squad totally for the last three matches and the obligation to buy the striker for €21m should Leeds get promoted, now looks like a deal Leeds would like to renege on.

Whether or not Leeds could wriggle out of a deal, if they do get promoted, remains to be seen, but they might well be looking to add Diallo regardless of the outcome of the season.

Diallo, per the source, is priced at a “minimum of €20m” and he has 12 goals and earned three assists in 26 Ligue 1 games this season.

TEAMtalk revealed in November that Leicester and Newcastle had already been strongly linked with the attacker. We also revealed that Tottenham, Chelsea, Watford and Norwich had watched him and were considering a move.

Republicain Lorraine then claimed in January that Chelsea’s interest had turned into a €20m offer for the Senegal international.

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