Leeds cancel pursuit of 26-year-old Serie A player after new development - report
Leeds United have ended their pursuit of Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani due to them completing the signing of Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad, according to CalcioMercato.
The Italian news website reports that Leeds had been interested in signing the 26-year-old Italy international but they now feel they are well-stocked in the centre-back area after Llorente’s move to Elland Road was finalised on Thursday.
Llorente, 27, has joined Liam Cooper, Robin Koch and Pascal Struijk as Marcelo Bielsa’s four centre-back options.
Gaetano Berardi could also be an option for the Whites once he recovers from his knee injury but it would require offering the currently-unattached player a new contract.
Leeds also have plenty of options in their Under-23s squad who Bielsa might call upon with Oliver Casey among them.
Rugani would’ve been a top-class signing for a newly-promoted team in the Premier League with the centre-back playing 101 times for Juventus’ first-team.
But there’s no need for him at Elland Road anymore, especially with Llorente now at the club.
The Yorkshire giants want a new central midfielder and a winger so it’s unlikely they would waste funds on yet another centre-back when they want players in those positions.
Rugani’s a player who is in demand, based on CalcioMercato’s update, with Newcastle, Manchester City and West Ham all keen on him.
As he’s an Italy international who plays for Juventus, we imagine he would have cost a big fee to sign him.
In other Leeds United news, Dharmesh Sheth has shared an update regarding Leeds’ hunt to sign Daniel James.