Leeds United have been linked with a lot of players since winning promotion to the Premier League.
Due to the understandable link to Argentina due to Marcelo Bielsa being the Whites’ manager, there have been scores of South American players who’ve reportedly been on the radar at Elland Road in this transfer window while we have also seen some truly outrageous transfer claims emerging across Europe and in the UK.
Ahead of Leeds’ first match of the new Premier League season on Saturday when they take on Liverpool at Anfield, MOT Leeds News has compiled a list of players who have reportedly been wanted by Leeds in the current transfer window but a move has failed to happen.
Some of the names on this list have been long forgotten since they were first linked with Leeds while there are some on there who fans might be keen to see at Elland Road before the transfer window closes next month.
Goalkeeper – Emiliano Martinez
In June, The Athletic’s Phil Hay said that Arsenal goalkeeper Martinez is someone who Leeds could move to sign if Kiko Casilla was sold. With the season due to start in a matter of days, Casilla remains at Leeds and Martinez remains at the Emirates.
Defence – Sean Klaiber, Ben White, Juan Martinez Quarta, Danny Rose
Not many right-backs have been linked with Leeds but, according to Voetbal International, Utrecht right-back Sean Klaiber was someone who took the Yorkshire club’s fancy. Ben White is an obvious pick at centre-back after Leeds tabled multiple unsuccessful bids to sign the Brighton ace before moving onto Robin Koch. Alongside him, River Plate’s Lucas Martinez Quarta was one of the many Argentinean players linked with Leeds [El Intransigente]. Tottenham left-back Danny Rose was one of several former Whites players linked with a return to West Yorkshire before the transfer window closes – but we highly doubt that will happen [Daily Star].
Midfield – Florentino Luis, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Julian Draxler, Maxwel Cornet, Leon Bailey*
Some big-name midfielders have been linked with Leeds since they won promotion. Benfica’s Florentino Luis [Maisfutebol] isn’t one of those big-names but he’s an impressive-looking young holding midfielder who was tipped to compete with Kalvin Phillips for his spot at Elland Road. One player that Leeds reportedly asked about was Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic [Il Messaggero] – as if we had any chance of signing him. Julian Draxler is a recent name to be linked with Leeds with Sky Sports Italy journalist Fabrizio Romano saying he’s on the Yorkshire club’s shortlist. We’ll have to keep tabs on that for now but a deal seems unlikely. French journalist Manu Lonjon, who previously worked for EuroSport, reported in July that Lyon’s Maxwel Cornet and Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey were wanted by Leeds. The Yorkshire club reportedly tabled a bid for Bailey but that was always going to be tough to see happening.
*As a side note, we have to say that this midfield would have been incredible.
Striker – Edinson Cavani
We’ve seen Leeds United linked with a lot of strikers since the end of last season because it was obvious that Bielsa needed someone new to spearhead his attack in the Premier League. Nicolas Gonzalez, Michy Batshuayi, Arthur Cabral, Adolfo Gaich and Josh King are among the strikers who Leeds have reportedly looked at before Bielsa and Victor Orta eventually ended up completing a club-record deal to sign Rodrigo from Valencia. For this line-up, we’ve named Edinson Cavani as the striker because Andrea Radrizzani actually confirmed he’d want to sign the former PSG star, who’s currently still a free agent.
In other Leeds United news, this player is set to sign a three-year deal with Leeds.