By David Woods

30th Mar, 2021 | 10:29am

Fabrizio Romano: 'Amazing' Leeds attractive to 'a lot of players'

World-renowned transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has said that the “amazing” project at Leeds United is attracting “a lot of players” ahead of the summer transfer window. 

Romano, who works with Sky Sports and numerous other outlets, also said that Bielsa was key to Leeds signing Raphinha and that he is vital to other players of that level joining.

Romano was talking to Give Me Sport on Monday and was asked if Bielsa’s preference for one-year contracts would hurt Leeds in the transfer market.

“I think no,” ROmano said. “Marcelo Bielsa always has one-year contracts. And, when you have Bielsa on your bench you can always attract a lot of players.

“A lot of players are attracted to the project and it’s an amazing project at Leeds. You talk about the owners, the stadiums, the partnerships and what they’re doing on the pitch. They have an amazing project.

“But when you have Bielsa you can attract players. It’s part of the person Marcelo Bielsa, a part of the mystery, they know [he signs one-year deals].

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“Having South American players with opportunities in this market is important to sign great players. You look at Raphinha, he’s a great player and Bielsa was key to him joining. Having Bielsa on the bench is key to these important opportunities.”

Huge summer incoming 

The upcoming summer is going to be a vital one for Leeds and theres never been a better time to be a buying club.

Leeds did some fantastic business last summer, not least with Raphinha, who has set the Premier League alight.

And our transfer business in general has picked up massively since Bielsa has been here, with other brilliant signings such as Illan Meslier.

Of course, with Bielsa signing one-year deals, there’s always volatility and Leeds fans know Bielsa won’t be here forever.

However, there’s no suggestion that Bielsa isn’t going to stay for at least another year.

The plan seems to be for him to finish the long-term project he started, which is to get Leeds back near the top of the Premier League, before letting someone else take the reins.

At that point, Leeds should be able to attract a top manager and top players even without Bielsa in charge.

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