By Saikat Mandal

24th Nov, 2022 | 10:10am

Leeds United now in front row to secure signing of Sasa Lukic

Leeds United are now in the front row to secure the signing of Torino midfielder Sasa Lukic in the January window, according to a report from Forza Roma.

The Whites face competition from Serie A giants AS Roma, but Jesse Marsch’s side has an advantage in the race.

Davide Vagnati, the club’s director of football, has made it clear that any interested party will have to pay a fee of around £12.9 million to sign the 26-year-old midfielder. Jose Mourinho’s side can’t meet the asking price, which gives Leeds an upper hand in the chase.

Lukic has a contract at the club until 2024, but he is not looking to renew it. He pockets around £603,000 plus bonuses in wages, and Roma can double that amount if he moves, with Leeds likely to be able to do the same.

Battle

Leeds retain a long-term interest in Lukic, and it seems they are pretty serious about him this time. 

Lukic is representing his country Serbia in the World Cup in Qatar and the Whites will watch the midfielder carefully, as reported by Calciomercato on 23 November

The midfielder has been in fine form for the club, netting three goals already in 17 appearances. 

For Leeds, summer signings Marc Roca and Tyler Adams have done an incredible job so far, but the club need more depth and quality in midfield. 

Adam Forshaw is set to leave the club in the summer, while Mateusz Klich’s future has come under big doubt.

But will Lukic be a good option for the club? He is more suited to the number 10 role and doesn’t really boast an enviable scoring record. 

The Whites will have money to spend in January, and they must take time to find the right quality. Lukic could be one of the many options for the Whites, but it won’t be a huge loss if they miss out on him. 

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has revealed the whispers he’s heard at Elland Road about when the 49ers will complete their takeover.