By Pranav Shahaney

18th Sep, 2023 | 5:40pm

Ao Tanaka surely fuming at failed Leeds United transfer despite £3.1m bid

Fortuna Dusseldorf midfielder Ao Tanaka surely will be fuming after his failed move to Leeds United in the summer transfer window.

The Japan international was understood to be one of the options the Whites considered diligently until the end of the market.

However, they went for other options eventually, leaving the 25-year-old in Germany.

According to Express in Germany on Monday (18 September), Tanaka is not getting enough game time at the club.

He has fallen down in the pecking order and is currently a reserve option, despite being one of Japan’s better performers at the World Cup last year.

Had Leeds not signed Ilia Gruev and Glen Kamara, there’s a chance that they would’ve brought Tanaka to Elland Road.

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Bild reported on 12 September that the Whites tabled a £3.1million bid for the Japanese midfielder.

It also claims that they were the only side that did make an offer so the deal was certainly there to be done for Leeds and Tanaka.

Whether or not they made the right decision remains to be seen but Tanaka certainly will be left unhappy as he could’ve been a regular starter in England.

As of now, Daniel Farke will not be losing sleep over this as his Leeds side showed over the weekend why they’re a force to be reckoned with this season.

In other Leeds United news, Daniel Farke surely has the last laugh as footage of a £20m+ player has emerged over the past week.