Leeds United can take advantage of the financial perils presented by the Covid-19 environment and pull off a brilliant bargain summer swoop for Teun Koopmeiners.
The AZ Alkmaar captain, 23, has enjoyed a sensational season in the Dutch Eredivisie, scoring 15 goals from midfield in 28 appearances.
Such form has not flown under the radar with a host of top clubs reported to be vying for his coveted signature, with Spanish outlet AS claiming Liverpool are among the many suitors, with Jurgen Klopp viewing him as the ‘ideal candidate’ to replace Georginio Wijnaldum in the Reds midfield hub.
Leeds were interested in September, according to Mike McGrath at The Telegraph, and this recent report from AS should give Victor Orta another nudge.
They moot a £14.5million asking price, a valuation that seems to fly in the face of claims made by Phil Hay on The Athletic website in March.
The respected Leeds journalist wrote: “The indications from Holland are that the 23-year-old, a Dutch international, is ready for a move and his agent, Bart Baving, told Italian media last month that ‘the time has come for the next move’ but Koopmeiners will not be cheap and several Italian clubs are monitoring him.”
This is a deal we would love to see happen and it ticks a lot of boxes.
Leeds have been light on midfield options for extended spells this season with the likes of Pascal Struijk and Tyler Roberts forced to fill in at times.
While they can both hold their own it is a noticeable downturn on the quality of our main midfielders like Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo who have both spent times on the sidelines through injury.
Mateusz Klich has struggled in recent months and while Stuart Dallas has been a man reborn in a more natural midfield position, we still need to strengthen considerably in this area to really kick on next season.
That’s where Koopmeiners comes in.
As a left-footed midfield player he would add great balance while his tremendous physical attributes are sure to translate well to the rough and tumble of the Premier League.
His goalscoring feats are nothing to be sniffed at with only three Eredivisie stars bagging more, and they all play in forward positions.
A captain at just 23, he has leadership skills which you can never have enough of.
£14.5million would represent a snip and if it comes to fruition it perhaps shows the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic that is forcing clubs to cash in on their assets for lower amounts, and we could be the beneficiaries of this here.
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