Real Sociedad centre-back Diego Llorente is flying into Leeds today to complete his permanent transfer, according to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth.
That follows the player saying his goodbyes yesterday and reportedly passing a medical in Spain.
It means that it’s just paperwork left for Leeds to complete and that could see Llorente announced ahead of the weekend game against Sheffield United.
Smyth posted the update on Thursday morning on his personal Twitter account.
Diego Llorente flying in today to complete his move from Real Sociedad.
— Graham Smyth (@GrahamSmyth) September 24, 2020
This news is likely to have the over-active Leeds fans checking flights coming into the city.
However, even if Llorente is unveiled in his new Leeds shirt today we think he’s highly unlikely to feature in the game against Sheffield United on Sunday.
Robin Koch and Liam Cooper will get another chance to prove that they concede less than three goals in a game in the Premier League and there’s no better side to do it against at the moment.
The Blades haven’t scored in either Premier League game this season and are on the back of five straight defeats in the top-flight.
They’re also missing John Egan after the centre-back got sent off as skipper in the defeat to Aston Villa.
Llorente will make things interesting at the back, though. He hasn’t come to sit on the bench.
According to Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross: “He [Llorente] has not sat down to talk over terms with Victor Orta on the proviso he will warm the bench until one of them is suspended or injured.”
That’s a good problem for Bielsa to have but it could throw up a similar conundrum that he faced when Eddie Nketiah joined on loan from Arsenal.
In the end, Nketiah had to settle for a role from the bench, despite his obvious talents in front of goal.
The prospect of Leeds having a current Spain international on the bench shows just how far we’ve come under Andrea Radrizzani and Marcelo Bielsa.
When Llorente is announced it will take Leeds’ summer spending to £80m. And yet some fans will still kick off if the club doesn’t sign Rodrigo De Paul.