Bielsa asks Guardiola to loan Leeds four Man City youngsters
Recently-appointed Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is hoping to make use of his friendship with Pep Guardiola by loaning a number of upcoming young talents from Manchester City.
Argentinian coach Bielsa, 62, was appointed United boss earlier this month and used his first press conference to bat away both Leeds’ promotion expectations and the plaudits sent his way by both Guardiola and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.
But it seems Bielsa is ready to put to good use his standing in the game to loan a number of upcoming talents from Manchester City, if reports on Wednesday are to be believed.
The Sun claims Leeds could land City youngsters Angus Gunn, Tosin Adarabioyo, Brahim Diaz and Lukas Nmecha – with Gunn, 22, seen as their top target as the Whites look to find a new goalkeeper.
Centre-back Adarabioyo, attacking midfielder Diaz and striker Nmecha are all also likely to leave the Etihad on loan this summer to get regular game time.
Leeds were last week linked with highly-rated City youngster Phil Foden, but that potential deal was quickly dismissed by local media.
Speaking about his appointment at Elland Road, Bielsa said: “I am delighted to accept the role of head coach at Leeds United.
“It has always been my ambition to work in England and I have had several opportunities to do so during my career.
However I have always felt it was important to wait for the right project to come along and so when a club with Leeds United’s history made me an offer, it was impossible to turn down.
“I am excited for the challenge ahead and I look forward to collaborating with Victor [Orta], Andrea [Radrizzani] and Angus [Kinnear], as we work hard to achieve great things at this football club.”