By Craig Scott

30th Jul, 2021 | 6:36am

Leeds United ready to pay £20.4m to sign Yangel Herrera from Manchester City

Leeds United are ready to pay £20.4million to sign Manchester City midfielder Yangel Herrera this summer, according to El Gol Digital.

The Spanish news outlet claims “everything indicates that he will be a Leeds player” despite interest from Atletico Madrid after the 23-year-old impressed during two seasons on loan at La Liga side Granada.

It is understood that “according to a source very close to the British club”, Herrera would like to stay in the Premier League while Marcelo Bielsa is a big draw for the Venezuela central midfielder.

New one for Bielsa to mould

Herrera has been a Manchester City player for the last four years but English football fans will be forgiven for not knowing about the Venezuela international.

He’s not made a single senior appearance for the Premier League champions and has spent his four seasons on loan at New York City, Huesca and Granada, where he played 82 times in the last two seasons and scored 10 goals.

At the age of 23, he’s quite young but he’s also now got a decent level of experience on his CV based on those loan spells, while he’s also earned 24 caps for his country.

Leeds’ squad is short of a central midfielder or two and after failing to sign Conor Gallagher from Chelsea, as he appears to be Crystal Palace bound [Mail], Bielsa and Victor Orta have had to turn their attention elsewhere.

Herrera has been linked with a move to Elland Road for some time as back in May the Talking Shutt podcast reported that he was on Orta’s shortlist for this summer.

And with names like Gallagher’s being crossed off, it would not come as a shock if the Man City midfielder is someone now being considered more seriously.

For £20.4million, Herrera would be an expensive signing so it remains to be seen if a deal can be brokered.

But we do need additions in that area of the pitch sooner rather than later.

In other Leeds United news, Gjanni Alioski sent a message to Bielsa in a video clip on Twitter.