Leeds United were due to sign Arthur Melo before late Liverpool swoop
Leeds United were on course to sign Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo before he was snatched from under their noses, according to Voetbal.
The 26-year-old is now surplus to requirements for the Old Lady after Paul Pogba returned to the club on a free transfer from Manchester United.
As a result, interest has grown in the Brazilian international and he was thought to be flying to Leeds today to compete a deadline-busting deal to join Jesse Marsch at Elland Road.
But with Liverpool now suffering with midfield injuries, Jurgen Klopp and the Anfield board have accelerated talks and are now set to sign Arthur with a medical scheduled.
The Reds are set to agree a loan deal with Juventus and deny Victor Orta another deadline day move after Cody Gakpo decided to stay at PSV Eindhoven after a hat-trick against FC Volendam.
Would it even be a transfer deadline day without a failed Leeds United bid?
Arthur was never going to choose Elland Road over Anfield once the idea that Klopp needed him came to fruition with Jordan Henderson limping off against Newcastle United last night.
In a way, though, it is actually a blessing for Leeds United where the last position they need to strengthen is central midfield having signed Tyler Adams and Marc Roca to marshal the middle third of the pitch.
Mateusz Klich has also enjoyed a very good start to the season when he has been given the chance and the starting XI is very settled right now barring a top striker and a left-back.
That is where Orta needs to focus his attention on because there is such little time left for him to seal the necessary transfer that would complete Marsch’s squad.
It could be a busy final day of transfer activity.