Italian journalist Angelo Giorgetti has claimed that Leeds United-linked Fiorentina midfielder Erick Pulgar could be allowed to leave this January. 

In an interview with Radio Bruno, he claimed that Leeds are a “real opportunity” for the 27-year-old Chile international.

Pulgar signed from Bologna for £9m in the summer of 2019 and has made 54 appearances since, scoring seven goals and adding eight assists.

As quoted by ViolaNews, Giorgetti said, “Sales? I believe that Pulgar can leave under the right conditions, Leeds is a real opportunity.”

Italian outlet La Nazione said that Marcelo Bielsa had personally asked Leeds to sign Pulgar, with the possibility of loan to buy deals in January.

Pulgar is on a reported £42k-a-week at Fiorentina.

Leeds need someone like Pulgar

Leeds need a midfielder who can play in the defensive midfield position – it’s an area we suffer in whenever Kalvin Phillips is out.

Phillips will be missing on Saturday when Brighton travel to Elland Road and we think Pascal Struijk will be the man drafted in to cover.

The jury is still firmly out on Struijk, who has struggled this season in the midfield spot, notably against Aston Villa when he was hooked off after just 21 minutes.

Pulgar can play in the holding midfield spot as well as a more advanced central midfield position and he’s won 24 caps for Chile.

He’s been struggling for starts in Serie A and while he played 90 minutes against Cagliari last time out, he hasn’t got off the bench in three of the four games before that.

With Adam Forshaw still nowhere near a return, Pulgar could represent the sort of opportunity that Leeds could jump on, despite promising a quiet January.

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