Diego Llorente has officially said goodbye to Real Sociedad after passing a medical to join Leeds United, according to Phil Hay.
Writing on The Athletic’s app, the former Yorkshire Evening Post journalist reported that there were “no issues” with the 27-year-old’s medical ahead of signing a four-year contract at Elland Road.
Llorente said his farewells to Real Sociedad via his personal Twitter account on Wednesday night while earlier in the day, Sky Sports reported that the Spain centre-back was undergoing a medical with Leeds.
Now that the medical has been passed and everything has been agreed, we would be shocked if Llorente is not unveiled as the newest addition to Marcelo Bielsa’s squad by the time Leeds kick off against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Sunday.
Whether or not Llorente will be in the squad to take on the Blades remains to be seen but based on the high standards of Bielsa, we don’t think it’s very likely.
Llorente could well be viewed as a third-choice centre-back by Bielsa after he’s officially confirmed as a Leeds United player.
Liam Cooper and Robin Koch are the first-choice pairing at the moment and, as we’ve all come to know very well about Bielsa in his two years at Leeds, he doesn’t like making changes to his side for the sake of it.
Who do you drop, anyway? The club captain or the new £13million arrival who’s a Germany international?
Koch has given away penalties in each of his first two Premier League appearances for Leeds but we doubt that Bielsa would be so harsh to overlook him simply based on that.
But, you cannot ignore the fact that Llorente is a Spain international with over 130 La Liga appearances to his name.
To say that Bielsa’s decision-making in this area will be interesting is an understatement.
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