Leeds want to sign Chelsea centre-back Jake Clarke-Salter on a season-long loan, according to the Sun.
But there’s a twist. Leeds are reportedly worried that Frank Lampard will scupper the deal after the bad blood between them and Derby last season.
The Chelsea legend looks set to take on the manager role at Stamford Bridge and after the Spygate scandal and the song from Leeds fans, “Stop crying Frank Lampard”, Leeds fear he might decide to place the player elsewhere.
The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem where he made 37 appearances.
And he’s a player who you can see fitting in with the Bielsa playbook perfectly.
The England Under-21 international is very comfortable on the ball and likes to get forward. At Vitesse he made an average of 42.25 passes per game [Wyscout.com] with a brilliant 86.5% success rate. We saw him ping some excellent long-range passes around in the England U21- v France U21 at the 2019 Euros.
At 6ft2 tall he’s also got a real presence in the box and won 65% of his aerial duels at Vitesse.
He’s a player who would offer a lot but Lampard could well be the blocker.
The hope would be that Lampard is professional enough not to let personal gripes get in the way of a good deal for the player.