By Sam Stone

24th May, 2023 | 4:40pm

Diego Llorente dreams of return to Roma when Leeds United agreement ends

Diego Llorente dreams of a return to Roma when his current loan spell away from Leeds United reaches its conclusion, according to Forza Roma.

The Serie A side are reaching the conclusion of their season, with Jose Mourinho’s men set to compete in the Europa League final on 31 May.

Roma have have the option to sign the 29-year-old for £15.6million when his current loan spell comes to an end. Forza Roma claim on 24 May, that Roma have no intention of paying that amount of money.

However, sporting director Tiago Pinto will return to the table to discuss a return for Llorente after 30 June. Furthermore, the Serie A club sense an opportunity, with the “dynamic” of the deal set to change if Leeds are relegated.


If the Whites are relegated, Llorente’s exit will become a formality. The board won’t have much say in the matter. Funds will be required and selling a 29-year-old, who is past his best, seems like a smart piece of business. Much will depend on Sunday’s outcome.

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The Whites are in desperate need of a win against Tottenham. No other outcome will do. A minor miracle is now required. Everton have to drop points to Bournemouth and Leicester must not beat West Ham United at the King Power.

It’s firmly out of Leeds’ hands. When the dust has settled and the 2022/23 post-mortem has taken place, the board can then start to cast an eye ahead to the summer window. A sporting director is still required, and it’s highly likely that Sam Allardyce will move.

Victor Orta and the 49ers have their work cut out. There’s a lot to iron out at the top of the club. The sooner a clear plan is in place, the better.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are reportedly in a transfer battle with Newcastle and West Ham to sign one Blackburn Rovers ace this summer.