By Nick Ware

15th Apr, 2021 | 3:30pm

Report: Leeds put Manchester City loanee Yangel Herrera on summer shortlist

Leeds United have placed Manchester City loanee Yangel Herrera on their summer shopping list, according to Talking Shutt.

The Leeds-dedicated podcast initially posted the news on their official Twitter about the 23-year-old Venezuela international who is in his second season on loan at La Liga side Granada.

James Marshment, editor of online publication TEAMtalk, replied to the tweet and said he was perfect for Marcelo Bielsa after watching him closely.

He tweeted: “Covered the Granada, Man Utd game last week and he was their best player on the night. Lively, energetic- fits the Bielsa mould.”

Talking Shutt went into more depth on the topic in their most recent episode [Ep 141 – 14/04/21].

“We heard… that Leeds are interested in Yangel Herrera, a Man City youngster who’s out on loan. He’s spent a bit of time with a certain Jack Harrison as well at New York City. He’s more recently been out on loan at Granada and getting rave reviews out there in Spain.”

“[He’s a] holding midfielder, defensive midfielder, looks a bit like the Kalvin [Phillips] role.”

More bite to Bielsa’s boys

This is a potential deal to get really excited about.

Herrera comes with a reputation as an energetic and tough-tackling midfielder, summed up in his tally of 14 yellow cards in just 30 top-flight appearances last season, added to a further caution in the Copa del Rey. [Transfermarkt]

Sounds like a dream Bielsa signing to us.

Whenever Phillips has been absent this season our midfield has suffered for it and this drop down in quality has been concerning.

That’s why a move for Herrera makes a lot of sense – he has the dynamism and tenacity to fill the Phillips void.

Transfermarkt deem his value to be around £13m and if we could sign him for anything around that figure we think it would be a snip and solve a lot of our midfield problems.

His contract at Manchester City doesn’t expire until 2024 but he will surely struggle to get into their star-studded side at the moment with the likes of Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan firmly entrenched in the starting XI.

Herrera could light up Elland Road if he makes the move and we’re all for it.

Maybe Jack Harrison, who spent time with him in America with New York City, can get on the blower and convince him to jet into West Yorkshire.

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