Tommaso Pobega seems as though he’s set to snub interest from Leeds United and Leicester in favour of staying at AC Milan, according to MilanNews.
The Milan news website, which is part of TuttoMercatoWeb, reports that Leeds, Leicester and Frankfurt are all interested in the 21-year-old central midfielder.
Pobega has shone on loan at Spezia in Serie A this season. However, it is understood that he wants to return to AC Milan at the end of the campaign when that loan deal expires.
Over before it started
Leeds were first linked with Pobega this week but it seems that this transfer speculation is dead and buried already.
Pobega would have been tough for the Whites to sign anyone as he joined Spezia on loan with an option for the deal to be made permanent in the summer, with AC Milan also holding a buy-back clause if that was to happen.
That means that Leeds would have more than likely had to pay a lot of money for the player, who’s future seems a bit complicated at the moment.
Pobega has scored three goals and supplied two assists in 14 Serie A appearances for Spezia this season. One of those goals came in a defeat to Juventus while last month, he made headlines in Italy with a goal and assist to help Spezia earn a shock 2-1 win away at Napoli.
Leeds need to strengthen their squad in the summer and surely one or two new central midfielders will be top of the list for Victor Orta and Marcelo Bielsa.
Pobega is young, left-footed and on an upward trajectory so he seems like a very viable target at Elland Road.
However it seems United’s pursuit of him has already reached a dead-end. But it’s encouraging that he’s the kind of player they’re looking at.
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