Leeds see target’s exit clause rise to €25m as Manchester clubs circle

Date published: Thursday 3rd September 2020 2:57 - Rob McCarthy

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The exit clause of an Argentina winger has risen to €25million, amid rumours of a bid from Leeds.

Velez Sarsfield wonderkid Thiago Almada is the player in question, with a number of clubs chasing the 19-year-old.

Both Manchester clubs are rumoured to be in the running for his signature, but it is Marcelo Bielsa’s men who lead the chase.

Almada will not come cheap, however, with Argentinean newspaper Ole (via Sport Witness) claiming that his release clause has just gone up from €23m to €25m.

The reports states that there have been no official bids for Almada as yet, but that Bielsa is keen.

Almada himself is also intrigued by the opportunity of working with his compatriot, if the opportunity arises.

Bielsa is still looking at a number of targets, as Leeds prepare for their Premier League return.

The Whites have so far brought in Rodrigo Moreno, Robin Koch and young forward Joe Gelhardt, while Helder Costa and Illan Meslier both signed permanent deals.



Rodrigo De Paul is reportedly keeping Leeds waiting because he is holding out for a firm offer from Juventus.

The Udinese playmaker is a firm target for Marcelo Bielsa. Indeed, Leeds’ interest has been labelled “serious” by The Athletic’s reporter Phil Hay.

Rodrigo de Paul

And, as per sources in Italy, Leeds officials held talks with Udinese owner Gino Pozzo over the weekend.

Leeds would need to smash their transfer record and offer around €35m to lure De Paul away from the Dacia Arena, as he only extended his contract last October to June 2024.

However, convincing De Paul, 26, to chance his arm in England could well be the biggest factor.

According to Calciomercato.it and the Messaggero Veneto newspaper, De Paul is unconvinced by the Leeds option.  Read more…



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