By George Overhill

13th Jun, 2022 | 3:40pm

Bayern Munich want £13million as Leeds United close in on Marc Roca transfer: Fabrizio Romano

Leeds United are “progressing” in talks with Bayern Munich over the signing of Marc Roca and hope to seal a deal this week, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Guardian journalist reports that the German giants want €15million from United to complete the transfer, and negotiations are under way.

Phil Hay had reported in The Athletic on 9 June that the Whites were pushing for a deal on the Spanish midfielder ahead of West Ham, with a fee of around £10million likely [€11.66million].

Romano took to his personal Twitter account on Monday afternoon [13 June] to confirm that Leeds are leading the race ahead of the Hammers, but also the increased fee.

He wrote: “Leeds are progressing in talks with Bayern for Marc Roca. Bayern are asking for €15m fee, negotiations underway – Leeds hope to get the deal done this week.

“West Ham have also explored this possibility but Leeds are leading the race, as Phil Hay reported.”

Keep it down

At the right price this deal looks like a strong move for the club, on top of the previous business to bring in Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen.

As long as the Bavarians don’t try to keep squeezing a bit more cash out of the club and negotiations can be completed soon.

The originally quoted price of £10million sounded like a steal, and 90min reported earlier Monday that £12million was set to see the club beat a crowded field of competitors for the 25-year-old’s signature.

He clearly looks to be surplus to requirements at the Allianz Arena so it would be good business for all three parties to get a deal done.

A further step up to £12.86million isn’t too far as long as it stops there, as there are thought to be some concerns over his ability to adapt to the physicality and speed of the Premier League.

His quality on the ball appears to be his main strength, but having barely played for two seasons in the Bundesliga, and with the style of play in the short time Jesse Marsch has been in charge appearing somewhat chaotic, he may be thrown into a situation that doesn’t compliment his abilities

But he is clearly a sought-after man, with the likes of Wolves, Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt, and La Liga trio Villareal, Real Betis and Sevilla all apparently interested, so if Leeds can complete this one soon it looks to be a net-positive move.

In other Leeds United news, one star man has told the club that he doesn’t wish to sign an improved contract at Elland Road amid a likely exit.