By Craig Scott

6th Nov, 2020 | 7:10pm

Report details key January update on Leeds bid to sign French attacking midfielder

Reading refuse to sell Leeds United target Michael Olise in the January transfer window, according to Football League World.

The news website has been told by sources close to the Championship leaders that Leeds, Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid are all interested in signing the 18-year-old attacking midfielder, who’s played a key role in the opening stages of this season at the Madejski Stadium.

Olise’s made 11 appearances in all competitions, started nine of Reading’s 10 Championship fixtures and scored two goals and supplied three assists in the process.

Leeds are reportedly keen on signing the left-footed France Under-18 international but it seems that a deal in January is going to be tough to complete.

Football League World does add that Olise’s contract expires at the end of next season but once the New Year comes around, Reading will attempt to get the ex-Manchester City academy player tied down to a new deal.

And you can understand why.

Reading have had such a strong start to the Championship season that they have lost their last two matches and still sit three points clear of second-placed Swansea.

Olise’s been vital this season, with stats by WyScout showing that he has completed 83.5 per cent of his passes, 51 per cent of his dribbles and 23.1 per cent of crosses in the Championship this season.

Daily Mail journalist Adam Shergold has described Olise’s start to the season as “excellent” while Reading Chronicle reporter Courtney Friday hailed the French teenager for his “brilliant finish” against Blackburn last month.

He can play in both the left and right attacking midfield roles and Marcelo Bielsa is bound to be a fan of that kind of versatility.

But, unfortunately, Reading seem to have firmed up their stance on the young attacking midfielder ahead of the transfer window re-opening again in less than two months’ time.

Who can blame them?

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