By George Overhill

13th Jun, 2022 | 6:10pm

Leeds United agree £10.2million deal to sign Marc Roca from Bayern Munich on four-year contract

Leeds United have agreed the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Marc Roca with just the official announcement yet to come, according to Relevo.

Negotiations between the two clubs were already ongoing for the 25-year-old Spaniard who had become surplus to requirements at the Allianz Arena.

Guardian journalist Fabrizio Romano had reported on Twitter earlier on Monday [13 June] that the Bavarian giants were asking for a fee of €15million but the Whites were “progressing in talks” and hoped to complete a deal this week.

Now Spanish-based online sports outlet Relevo, who have over 45,000 followers on Twitter, report that the deal has been done, and that the official announcement is due by the end of the week.

They report on Twitter that the cost will be an up-front €12million fee, with two variable add-ons potentially on top.

Roca will sign for United on a four-year deal.

Sealed

After Phil Hay had broken the news in The Athletic on Friday [10 June] that the club was pushing forward to make the former Espanyol man their third signing of the summer, ahead of competition from West Ham, it has been tied up remarkably quickly.

According to 90min, there was a host of other interested parties, including Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt, and La Liga sides Sevilla, Villareal and Real Betis.

So time was of the essence, and it appears the club heeded that need in order to get a deal tied up as soon as possible.

While there are some concerns over his physical readiness for the Premier League, as well as his lack of game-time over the two seasons he spent in the Bundesliga – 24 total appearances – he has been compared to Rodri and Toni Kroos in possession by BBC journalist Guillem Balague [Yorkshire Evening Post].

The interest in him suggests that this is a coup for the Whites, especially at a relatively low price.

The fee looked to be creeping up with Romano’s report, but if negotiations have led to an agreement that keeps the initial fee down towards what Hay had originally quoted, and ties further payment to achievements, this looks to be a success for the Elland Road club all round.

The fast start to the summer transfer window has already secured Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen, and now looks to have added Roca.

On paper everything is looking strong in terms of arrivals, but nothing is won on paper, so they will need to settle in for the start of the 2022/23 season.

And potential big-money star exits could put a much less positive slant on things over the coming weeks.

In other Leeds United news, the club are at the head of a high level of interest in a goalscoring talent but they have yet to meet his current club’s asking price.