Marcelo Bielsa is plotting a move for two former Leeds United players, Fabian Delph and Danny Rose, according to the Daily Star.
The report claims that the Leeds hierarchy believe that both players will be keen on a return to the club where they started their careers.
The Star claims that Leeds are “confident” of landing Delph for £5m and state that Rose would probably go for around the same fee.
Delph is a midfielder but can also play at left-back and has made 20 appearances for England. Rose is a left-back with 29 caps for England.
Double swoop? No and no
Leeds are in need of a natural left-back and, on the face of it, Rose would seem to fit the bill.
At his peak he was the best left-back in England but his descent has been swift following a misguided interview he gave to The Sun.
He’s spent the second half of this season on loan at Newcastle, where he hasn’t hit the same heights.
Rightly or wrongly, he’s also seen as a player who could bring attitude after that interview.
The real sticking point, though, is that he’s on a reported £60k-a-week at Tottenham, where he’s got one year left on his current deal.
We can’t see any way that Bielsa sanctions a move for Rose at anywhere near those levels – and we certainly wouldn’t want him as our highest-paid player.
There’s better – and cheaper – out there now.
As for Delph, there’s a very talented player in there but his injury problems are way too regular to take a risk on signing him on anything but a pay-as-you-play basis, and that’s certainly not Bielsa’s way.
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