Leeds table £13.5m+ bid to sign new centre-mid - report
Leeds United have moved on fast after the disappointment of missing out on Michael Cuisance by submitting a bid for Levante midfielder Jose Campana, according to El Desmarque.
The Spanish news outlet claims that Leeds have made an offer with an initial £13.5million but that fee could rise as high as £16.3million due to various bonuses and milestones.
It is understood that Sampdoria, Campana’s last club before joining Levante, would receive 10 per cent of the sale.
However, as we are at a late stage in the transfer window and Leeds have until just Monday to sign players from outside of England, the Yorkshire club are not convinced that Levante will accept their bid.
Campana is a key player for the La Liga club, playing every minute of all three of their league matches so far this season while also starting 35 of 38 La Liga fixtures last term.
On Thursday, Bayern Munich midfielder Cuisance failed a medical ahead of joining Leeds on a permanent basis and that appears to have thrown the Whites’ transfer plans into disarray at this late stage of the window.
As pointed out by The Athletic journalist Phil Hay, time is ticking on Leeds’ ability to get new deals over the line but the Whites could have an ace up their sleeve when it comes to Campana.
The former Crystal Palace midfielder has been called up to the Spain squad, along with new arrivals Rodrigo and Diego Llorente.
Maybe they can get on the phone to Campana and convince him to join Leeds but we’re guessing that Levante will have a firm ‘hands-off’ stance on their key midfielder, who can play centrally or on either wing.
He could kill two birds with one stone for Bielsa, who’s widely reported to be after players to play in the centre of his midfield and out wide.
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