Leeds United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Teun Koopmeiners as Julian Naglesmann wants to sign him when he joins Bayern Munich.
Fichajes report the future Bayern manager has three targets in mind, and they suggest Koopmeiners is one of them as his versatility suits the German’s style.
The Whites have held a long-term interest in the AZ Alkmaar midfielder – The Telegraph suggested Leeds were targeting him last September.
News of a European giant entering the fray will no doubt disappoint Victor Orta and co., particularly as Koopmeiners is said to be ready for a move, per The Athletic.
The advantage Leeds do hold is that we could potentially offer him regular football – something he may find difficult at the German champions.
His versatility means he could play in all three midfield roles under Marcelo Bielsa.
Phil Hay writes that he is a “tough tackler”, which 2.8 tackles per game demonstrate, while 1.3 interceptions per game [WhoScored] also suggests he could fulfill the ‘Phillips’ role.
Any possible signing is unlikely to replace the England international and that means Koopmeiners will likely play further forward, should he join.
And a return of 15 goals and five assists in 29 Eredivise games this season shows he could be well suited to a more advanced position.
He has a real eye for goal and is adept at penalties and set-pieces according to Performance Analysis UK, who also describe Koopmeiners as a “technically brilliant” midfielder.
The Netherlands international could be perfect alongside Stuart Dallas in the middle and provide what we have lacked all season – goals from midfield.
Leeds must make a move soon, therefore.
Nagelsmann has not yet joined up with Bayern Munich so we have a few weeks to try and steal a march.
And we can only hope the offer of the Premier League and Bielsa is too difficult for Koopmeiners to turn down.
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