By Sam Stone

1st Dec, 2022 | 9:26am

Leeds United to start negotiations for Sasa Lukic deal when World Cup finishes

Leeds United “could begin” negotiations for wantaway Torino midfielder Sasa Lukic after the World Cup, according to Calciomercato.

It’s believed Lukic will leave Turin in January or in the summer with a number of teams interested including Roma and Leeds (Calciomercato, 30 November).

The Whites are understood to be “closely following” the 26-year-old in recent weeks, with Lukic currently representing Serbia at the World Cup.

An offer is yet to come in for the midfielder, but the Yorkshire side could look to begin talks once he has returned from Qatar.

Won’t go away

The links to Lukic won’t go away with the Serbian continually being touted to exit Turin. We all know the Italian media can sometimes get a bit excited when namechecking players in stories, but for Leeds to be linked three times means there’s surely something in this rumour.

His contract is up in the summer of 2024, so there’s certainly a cut-price deal for Jesse Marsch to explore. Calciomercato also suggest (30 November) Jose Mourinho has shown an interest in Lukic, with the former Chelsea boss looking at a potential swap deal with Roma unable to pay the £12.9million fee.

With Mateusz Klich and Adam Forshaw facing uncertain futures at Elland Road, another midfielder could well be on the agenda for Marsch. Tyler Adams and Marc Roca have been excellent additions for the American, but added depth in midfield wouldn’t be a bad move.

However, with Roma showing interest in the midfielder, Leeds could face a fight to get a deal over the line for the Serbian international. Staying in Italy and working under Mourinho could be an attractive proposition for Lukic.

In other Leeds United news, a first-team defender may not have long left at Elland Road after “Awful” footage emerges from this month, making a January transfer imperative.