Leeds United see €5m deal for international striker collapse due to coronavirus

Date published: Monday 18th May 2020 2:14 - Matthew Briggs

Leeds United’s move for a Canadian striker has collapsed due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, claims a report.

According to Asist Analiz journalist Safak Malatya Leeds had agreed a deal for 25-year-old striker Cyle Larin for next season, but that has now fallen through because of the financial impact on the Covid-19 outbreak.

As cited by Sport Witness Malatya claims Zulte Waregem had agreed to activate Larin’s option-to-buy clause to sign him, and then sell him on to Leeds United for a profit.

However, after the season came to a halt, Malatya reports Zulte Waregem decided not to sign Larin due to die financial problems, and therefore their deal with Leeds United is also off.

Zulte Waregem are believed to have held an option to make his stay permanent for €2.5m and they were hoping to make a quick profit on the player.




The Canada international has been mentioned as a target for Leeds for 12 months with a report from Turkish publication Milliyet (via SportWitness) revealing in February that “Leeds United are prepared to offer €5m to sign” Larin.

Larin though, who has scored nine goals and provided 11 assists in all competitions, looks set to return to Besiktas for next season.

Larin is under contract with Besiktas until the end of June 2022, and if Leeds want to pursue a deal for the former Orlando City star they will have to approach the Turkish club directly.

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