By Alex Beard

6th Feb, 2020 | 4:36pm

Report: Four-time title-winner could be heading to Leeds in the summer with Bielsa keen

The goalkeeper position at Leeds United is one that has proved rather difficult to deal with throughout Marcelo Bielsa’s time in charge.

Former Real Madrid shot-stopper Kiko Casilla was signed last January and has been installed as the number one ever since.

However, he has struggled to consistently put together a quality run of form, and was criticised by the club’s supporters after the defeat to Wigan Athletic last time out.

Bielsa would be well within his rights to look for a superior option to the Spaniard, if he can find one.

It appears that he’s doing just that. Chilean outlet En Cancha reported on Thursday that the Whites have emerged as a genuine possibility as the next destination for Manchester City ‘keeper Claudio Bravo.

Now, potential switches to Mexico, China and Spain – where Real Sociedad are named – are also mentioned by the report.

So it’s far from a foregone conclusion that the Chilean international will end up at Elland Road. However, it’s said that Bielsa fancies Bravo as a replacement for Casilla.

The City star’s £80,000-per-week contract is up at the end of the season [Source: Spotrac], so no transfer fee would be involved. However, his big wages would likely be a problem.

Bravo is an established talent who Bielsa worked alongside during his time in charge of the Chilean national team between 2007 and 2011.

The 123-cap Chile international has won four league titles across a glittering playing career, two with Barcelona and two with City.

However, he hasn’t been a number one since Ederson arrived at the Etihad in 2017, and so in many ways Bravo would seem like a carbon copy of the Casilla signing, albeit one three years older at 36.

Bravo’s advanced age, combined with his big wages, makes this seem like a foolish potential move for the Yorkshire giants. However, Bielsa knows him well, which might be enough to trump all that.

In other Leeds United news, a Championship manager has named the Whites as the best team in the division.