Michael Cuisance’s transfer from Bayern Munich to Leeds United has fallen through after an unexpected late twist.
The Whites were said to be on the brink of landing French midfielder Cuisance, with an announcement expected soon.
Cuisance is thought to have been in England to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms. A five-year deal had been agreed.
According to Sky Germany, however, the deal to take Cuisance to Leeds has fallen through at the 11th hour.
Mystery initially surrounded the exact reason as to why, though journalist Max Bielefeld reports the move had ‘failed’.
Bielefeld says the two clubs ‘could not agree’ on the deal, though it’s not yet clear what aspect of the transfer he’s referring to.
Asked about developments at his latest press conference earlier, Marcelo Bielsa also remained coy.
“I would prefer to talk about him when he is officially our player,” Bielsa said. “I don’t want to repeat the episode with Dan James.”
Bielsa’s hesitancy was clearly wise, with plenty of speculation swirling round over why the move had fallen through.
Leeds, for their part, were refusing to comment on reports the deal had broken down.
More light was shed on the failure by Sky Sports’ Keith Downie, who suggested the deal was called off after Cuisance failed his medical.
Understand Michael Cuisance is heading back to Germany after failing his Leeds United medical today. The Elland Road club had agreed a few totalling £20m for the French midfielder #LUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) October 1, 2020
Cuisance had been expected to be Leeds’ fourth major outfield signing of the transfer window. Striker Rodrigo Moreno arrived for a club-record fee, before centre-backs Robin Koch and Diego Llorente also signed.
Leeds have been in the market for a new midfielder, having also been linked with Udinese’s Rodrigo de Paul.
However, the €35m price tag on his head makes a deal seem unlikely, unless there’s a dramatic shift from the Italians.
Instead, Leeds could opt to pursue their interest in Norwich’s Todd Cantwell.
The Canaries star has also been linked with Leeds and has an asking price of around £18m.
Bielsa calls for calm over Bamford form
Leeds go into Saturday’s clash against Man City hoping to build on their fine start to the season.
One man who has been key to their success is striker Patrick Bamford, who has three goals in three games so far.
Asked why he has sprung into life this campaign, Bielsa said: “It’s a very difficult question to answer because you have to make comparisons and in football it’s very difficult to make comparisons.
“To make conclusions ahead of time is also not good. What allows you to have good opinions or more concrete opinions are the performances over a period of time.
“For example, how do we judge (Illan) Meslier, who conceded seven goals in his first two games. Then he made important saves in the game against Sheffield United?
“So we must wait a longer period of time to establish some more concrete opinions which would be better.
“In the case of Bamford, to have an opinion on 27 games which I have not seen, or to consider his efficiency in the Championship, or the efficiency he currently has at the moment, which doesn’t really compare as we’ve only played three games.”