By Craig Scott

19th Sep, 2020 | 12:10pm

Leeds in talks to sign French centre-mid, Bielsa set for decision - reliable journalist

Leeds United are in talks to sign Toulouse midfielder Kouadio Manu Kone, according to RMC Sport journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi.

Writing via his personal Twitter account on Saturday morning, the French reporter claimed that Leeds, AC Milan and several other English clubs are in the hunt to sign the 19-year-old central midfielder.

It is understood Leeds are in discussions with Kone’s entourage while Bouhafsi adds that “Marcelo Bielsa must now position himself on this track”.

We’re not quite sure what the journalist means in that line about Bielsa but we assume it’s saying that the Leeds manager needs to firm up his interest in the player otherwise he runs the risk of missing out on him to the likes of AC Milan.

Kone was somewhat of a regular in the Toulouse first-team last season as they were relegated from Ligue 1.

After recovering from a few injury issues, the France youth international made 16 appearances in all competitions and scored one goal, which came against Lyon in Coupe de la Ligue.

L’Equipe has previously suggested that Kone could become one of the most expensive players in Ligue 2 history, which means that he would have to move on for around £12million.

It is interesting that Leeds are keeping tabs on a player like Kone because it could suggest that the Whites are sounding out potential alternatives for Rodrigo De Paul, who plays a similar role.

Udinese are widely reported to be holding firm on their valuation of De Paul and if that puts Leeds off, will they turn full attention to Kone?

For the sum of money he’s likely to cost, he’s hardly going to be a signing for the Under-23s.

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