By Saikat Mandal

19th Feb, 2023 | 4:10pm

Leeds United transfer news as Grimaldo makes decision on Elland Road move

Benfica left-back Grimaldo has rejected the chance to move to Leeds United as he is eyeing a move to a club that can offer him Champions League football, according to Record (page 9, 19 February).

Moreover, after the Whites dropped to the relegation zone following their 1-0 defeat against Everton on Saturday (18 February), Elland Road has become an unattractive destination for the 27-year-old defender.

He was also linked with a move to Serie A giants Juventus, but the Old Lady is probably also out of his plans after they were docked 15 points. He is not only looking at salary improvements but also wants to join an attractive project.

“Grimaldo looks not only at salary improvement, but also at the sports project,” Nuno Martins wrote for Record.

“In this sense, he gives preference to a club that allows him to continue to play on the big European stages, namely the Champions League.

“Grimaldo therefore turned down the possibility of heading to Leeds. The Premier League club fell into the relegation zone yesterday and, sportively, it is an unattractive project for the Barcelona-trained footballer, who has been at Benfica for seven years.”

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Difficult times

These are difficult times for the club and survival is the first priority at the moment. 

For the second season running, Leeds find themselves in a precarious position in the league, but this time the situation is dangerous. 

The club is without a permanent manager and no one has got any clue whether the board will be able to hire a new manager in the next few days. 

The Whites have lost back-to-back games under their caretaker boss, Michael Skubala, and it will be a huge risk if he is allowed to continue in his role. 

There are still a lot of games to be played. A few wins on the trot will take them out of the danger zone, and they can breathe easily again. 

Leeds do have a quality squad that is capable of winning matches. They just need to right kind of manager who can bring results. 

The club did make attempts to appoint a few managers, but they have been unsuccessful to lure their targets. The transfer plans can wait, the survival is at stake now. 

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