By Nick Ware

21st Jul, 2021 | 6:40am

Leeds United line up bid for Swedish midfielder Jens Cajuste after talks with agent and club

Leeds United are preparing a bid for FC Midtjylland’s 21-year-old midfielder Jens Cajuste, according to Swedish news outlet Expressen.

It is claimed that Leeds are battling Premier League rivals Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Wolves for the five-cap Sweden international who represented his country at Euro 2020 this summer.

The Premier League quartet have all held talks with the Danish side and Cajuste’s representatives, and are lining up bids for him.

French club Rennes have reportedly placed an £8.4million bid for him, but FC Midtjylland are holding out for £11.8million.

The Danish club were in Champions League action on Tuesday as they drew 1-1 with Celtic at Parkhead in their second-round qualifier, but Cajuste was not named in the squad.

The major midfield signing?

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There have been rampant reports in recent weeks that the Whites are targeting a central midfielder this summer, someone that can slot straight into the first-team squad and challenge for a starting berth.

Chelsea’s 18-year-old midfielder Lewis Bate looks a likely signing, but he’s surely too inexperienced to be the main transfer in that area.

As such, Cajuste could be the midfield maestro that has been kept under wraps.

We don’t know an awful lot about him, but he’s clearly a player with star potential, something that earned him his first international call-up with Sweden last year.

His form in Denmark continued and he was named in Sweden’s squad for Euro 2020, and while his involvement was limited, he did play against eventual semi-finalists Spain.

Leeds wouldn’t be getting a goalscoring midfielder in Cajuste – he has scored just twice in 53 league games for Midtjylland – but he could be the perfect box-to-box player that Marcelo Bielsa can mould into a star.

There looks to be a battle on our hands, though, with clubs queuing up for his services.

That’s surely a good sign.

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