By Joe Ellis

26th Aug, 2022 | 1:10pm

Leeds United: Philadelphia Union unwilling to sell Kai Wagner this summer

MLS franchise Philadelphia Union are reluctant to allow Kai Wagner to leave mid-season with Leeds United keen, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The 25-year-old has been one of the stars of Union’s season in the MLS which sees them currently chasing the title on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Jesse Marsch, an American himself, is keen to sign the left-back to help ease pressure on his squad with Junior Firpo out injured and Pascal Struijk filling in for him.

But sources have told YEP that Philadelphia are increasingly unwilling to let the German leave right now although they do expect him to play in Europe soon.

Leeds, while expressing interest in Wagner, have not made an official approach for the 25-year-old yet and could instead wait for January after the MLS season has finished.

Patience

Marsch would obviously prefer to have a natural left-back available right now but he has masterminded seven points from three games at the start of this season without one.

Struijk has come in and performed admirably in an unnatural position and Firpo is likely to be back sooner rather than later which will be a delight to the manager.

A new left-back will be needed eventually having sold Leif Davis to Ipswich Town over the summer but Struijk has proven that he can do a job there and with Leo Hjelde or even Jack Harrison capable of deputising if a crisis hits, there is no rush for a signing anymore.

A striker may be more on the agenda with Patrick Bamford suffering another injury but even there, Rodrigo has found his goal-scoring boots at Elland Road, finally, and is thriving as the main man up front.

Wagner might be one worth waiting for and that could even help lower the price of the deal too.

In other Leeds United news, this teenage sensation at Thorp Arch is being constantly watched by Pep Guardiola’s scouts at Manchester City.