By Jonty Banks

18th Nov, 2022 | 5:40pm

Sasa Lukic asked directly about Leeds United transfer links ahead of World Cup

Leeds United target Sasa Lukic has opened up on his future footballing ambitions amid a host of transfer speculation, in an interview with Sportal.

The Serbian international has been a mainstay in Torino’s midfield since his arrival at the club in 2016, making 146 appearances and scoring 13 goals for the Serie A outfit.

Lukic was linked with a move to Elland Road under ex-manager Marcelo Bielsa, and several clubs, including Leeds, will be keeping tabs on the 26-year-old at the World Cup [TMW].

In an interview with Sportal, the midfielder was directly asked where he thought he would be playing football after the World Cup and if he had spoken with Leeds, to which he replied: “To be honest, I have big ambitions.

“I’m sure I’ll get where I set out to, and whether it’s after the World Cup or next summer, we’ll see.”

Other alternatives

Although Lukic was one of Marcelo Bielsa’s top transfer targets during his time at Leeds, times and more importantly the club have moved on.

A left-back and a centre-forward should be of paramount importance to Victor Orta and Jesse Marsch this January as Pascal Stuijk is being misused on the left flank and the side missing a classic number nine in the absence of Patrick Bamford.

Lukic may have become a dependable player for Torino over the last four seasons, but his output in terms of goals isn’t favourable – netting just 11 goals during this time.

With Leeds having signed Tyler Adams – a similar player in terms of style – in the summer transfer window, Lukic might just have missed out on his opportunity to secure a move to the Premier League giants.

Orta should be looking elsewhere in January to fill the glaring gaps in the club’s squad and drop any interest held in the 26-year-old midfielder.

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