By Jonty Banks

7th Jun, 2023 | 1:40pm

Leeds United transfer news as AS Roma eye £6m discount option for Diego Llorente

AS Roma could try to sign Leeds United centre-back Diego Llorente on a £6million discount, according to Romagiallorossa.

The Spanish centre-back was snapped up by Jose Mourinho’s side in the January transfer window on a temporary basis with a potential of a permanent summer transfer fee of £18million. [Daily Mail, 31 January]

Fabrizio Romano reported on 6 June that the Italian giants now see the buy-out option as too expensive.

Romagiallorossa has shared that Roma are looking at two options in their pursuit of Llorente, either a renewal of his loan or pursuing a “strong discount” between £6-7million.

Take any offer

According to the same report, Roma needs to generate £25million in player sales by the end of June to abide by Financial Fair Play rules, so they may not have the biggest spending purse this summer as a result.

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If the Italian club were to step back in their pursuit of Llorente, who else would really take him?

There is a widespread feeling that the centre-backs career at Elland Road is over, and the fact that Roma are interested after a largely mediocre loan spell is pretty miraculous.

If Roma were to offer anywhere near £10million for the Spaniard, Leeds should take it without hesitation and move on.

Although the Whites would be losing £8million on the original cost of the defender, the club need to get him off the wage books and bring in players who will play week in week out and help them bounce straight back up to the Premier League.

For one reason or another, Llorente’s transfer to West Yorkshire never took off, and now seems the sensible time to part ways with him.

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