By Saikat Mandal

14th Aug, 2022 | 12:40pm

Jesse Marsch 'driving' Leeds United move for Philadelphia Union left-back Kai Wagner

Leeds United are keen to sign Philadelphia Union left-back Kai Wagner, and Jesse Marsch is the “driving” force behind the deal, as per Ben Jacobs.

The CBSSportsGolazo journalist wrote on Twitter on 14 August that the Whites could face strong competition from Benfica to sign the 25-year-old defender.

He is seen as a “creative” player who is technically very sound and talks are ongoing at the moment to secure his signature.

Jacobs wrote on Twitter: “Leeds expect a busy week in the transfer market. Talks ongoing for Philadelphia Union left-back Kai Wagner. 25-year-old is very creative and technical. Jesse Marsch driving this one. Benfica pushing, too.”


Manuel Veth, the Forbes journalist, shared on Twitter on 13 August that the Whites are yet to lodge a formal bid to sign the defender.

The same journalist reported on Twitter on 11 August that the Whites may need to pay £4.1million to seal his signing.

This has been a massive transfer window for the Whites, but it seems they are still not done yet.

The next few weeks could be crucial for them, as they look to add a new striker and a left-back.

Getting Wagner at a decent price would suit all parties involved. Junior Firpo is currently out injured while Pascal Struijk is being forced to play out of position.

Wagner has extremely well in the MLS, but he has now got a big chance to play in Europe once again. After spells in Germany at Augsburg and Schalke, this could be his opportunity to move to the Premier League.

It would be a sensational piece of business if Leeds can bring the German to the Premier League, especially at the price quoted. It looks like Marsch is pulling the trigger to get this deal over the line.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites now have a clear run to sign a £20m-rated left-back as their Premier League rivals have now bowed out of the race.