Orta zones in on new £3.5m Leeds target behind only Messi for impressive stat
Leeds have made initial forays into a transfer for Huesca left-back Javi Galan after a setback over Romain Perraud, according to a report.
The left side of defence is looking like an area of priority for Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa to address this summer. Despite late reports suggesting the contrary, Ezgjan Alioski is likely to leave. Behind him, Leif Davis remains a fringe option after playing only 31 Premier League minutes this season.
Earlier reports had claimed that Stade Brest’s Perraud was likely to move to Elland Road.
Leeds chief Victor Orta reportedly had confidence in getting the deal over the line. However, on Tuesday, it emerged that the Frenchman’s fee could see the transfer collapse.
As a result, Football Insider claims that Leeds are now looking at Galan, who has impressed in La Liga this season.
The 26-year-old may not have produced the same number of direct attacking contributions as Perraud this season; the latter contributed 10 goals overall while Galan managed only three.
Nevertheless, Galan offers a solid attacking outlet as regards driving his team up the pitch.
In fact, according to WhoScored, he completed 121 dribbles in La Liga this season, with only Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (159) beating him for that statistic.
Such a trait forms a key part of Leeds boss Bielsa‘s aggressive and full-throttle style of play. As such, Galan could be a good fit in West Yorkshire.
Leeds have also received a boost over the Spaniard’s fee; his release clause has dropped from £7million to just £3.5million.
Huesca finished 18th in La Liga and subsequently faced relegation and with Galan out of contract next summer, they may look to add vital funds by offloading their talent.
However, his lowly fee has attracted further attention, with Sevilla monitoring his situation.
Leeds given transfer blow
Bielsa is also reportedly after new attacking additions, with Matheus Cunha on his radar.
The Hertha Berlin Brazilian could fit in well at Elland Road, given fellow countryman Raphinha’s instant adaptation to life in the Premier League.
However, Hertha’s sporting director has insisted that the player will not come cheap.
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