By Craig Scott

12th Jun, 2022 | 9:14am

Marc Roca on verge of Leeds United transfer, three or four-year contract on the cards after Jesse Marsch request

Bayern Munich midfielder Marc Roca “is about to become a new Leeds United player” for a fee between £11.1million and £12.8million, according to Marca.

The Spanish newspaper reported via their website on 11 June that Roca, 25, will sign a three or four-year contract at Elland Road after an “express request” from Jesse Marsch to sign the Spaniard.

It is understood that ex-Espanyol ace Roca received offers to return to La Liga. However, he’s rejected those advances from Spain to join Leeds.

Signing number three

With deals for Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen done, it looks as though the priority for Marsch and Victor Orta is to sign a deeper-lying midfielder.

USA star Aaronson, 21, is an attacker who plays behind a striker and can also move out onto the wing.

Roca, on the other hand, is a defensive midfielder who’s technically gifted when it comes to having the ball at his feet.

In December, the Bundesliga official website reported that Roca is a left-footed playmaker who is just as good off the ball as he is on it, as Bayern wanted “someone capable of putting out fires at the back and driving the team forward”.

As a result, the soon-to-be Leeds player has been compared to ex-Liverpool and Bayern star Xavi Alonso and Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets.

Everything about this player sounds promising except for the fact that in two seasons at the Allianz Arena, he’s played just 24 times in all competitions and only 13 times in the 2021/22 season.

However, to be a fringe player at Bayern Munich isn’t a bad thing.

They’re one of the best teams in the world and Roca still started four times for them in the Bundesliga and came off the bench four times in the Champions League.

One of those sub appearances came against Red Bull Salzburg on 8 March when he played in a 7-1 demolition of a side containing Aaronson and right-back Kristensen.

Now, they could be on the same team at Leeds.

In other Leeds United news, Leeds’ bid to seal a new centre-forward signing is developing into a transfer saga.