Leeds table huge bid to sign 'expendable' centre-back, club responds - report
Leeds United have tabled a huge bid to sign Lazio centre-back Luiz Felipe but it has been rejected by the Serie A club, according to La Lazio Siamo Noi.
The Italian news outlet, which focuses solely on Lazio news, reports that Leeds offered £26.8million for the 23-year-old.
However, Lazio president Claudio Lotito has made it clear he will accept no less than £33.9million for the Brazilian defender.
La Lazio Siamo Noi adds that it remains to be seen whether or not Leeds will return with a new bid for Felipe, who made 30 appearances in all competitions and is also wanted by Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.
With Leeds also in the hunt to sign Freiburg defender Robin Koch, we doubt that they will bid much more than they have done already for Felipe.
The Scottish Sun has reported that Leeds are readying a £20million swoop for the Germany international, who seems like a perfect replacement for Ben White and also could be a lot cheaper due to him being in the final year of his contract at Freiburg.
While Felipe is reportedly seen as “expendable” by Lazio, the Italian giants are demanding a lot of money for the Brazilian and that could put Leeds off from tabling another bid.
Leeds are on the verge of signing Rodrigo for a club-record fee of around £30million.
It’s unlikely that Leeds will go and smash their transfer record again by signing a centre-back who had several injury issues last season.
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