Leeds pondering move for £30m-rated ace

Ben Godfrey

Leeds' transfer strategy for the summer is already taking shape.

A few weeks ago the Whites were finally promoted to the Premier League and with just 39 days until the next campaign, recruitment will have to be done swiftly.

Victor Orta has only five weeks to sort things out before Leeds welcome top-flight football to Elland Road for the first time in 16 years, and if he doesn't get things right, they could be staring down the barrel of relegation.

The strategy at present, though, is one that has seen Leeds target domestic players, looking at the Premier League and Championship market in particular.

This is smart, primarily because new recruits won't need long to settle in.

Said Benrahma and Ollie Watkins are candidates to sign, while Ebere Eze and Emiliano Buendia are further targets.

A war chest could be available to Leeds who are estimated to have taken £200m from winning the Championship and achieving promotion. 

Watkins & Benrahma

However, while Buendia is someone Orta has his eyes on, it's another Norwich player that's now in the frame to enter Yorkshire.

That happens to be centre-back Ben Godfrey.

The defender has been linked with a move to AC Milan and Bayer Leverkusen this summer and has been quoted at costing around the £30m mark.

The man who revealed the news was journalist Beren Cross. Talking to supporters on a Q&A for Leeds Live, he stated:

"Ben White, obvious as he is, is the main target. They will chuck everything they can at getting him if the deal's there to be done. They like Watkins and Benrahma too. Ben Godfrey was on the list behind White, but the indications are he will go to Dortmund. They only want to do four, five tops."

Ben Godfrey

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

It appears that Godfrey will only be targeted if a deal for Ben White cannot be concluded.

It's obvious to everyone that White is the number one target this summer after a stunning debut campaign at Elland Road.

On loan from Brighton, he delighted with his performances and quickly became one of Marcelo Bielsa's most trusted figures.

Possessing a pass success rate of 84.6% and winning 2.8 aerial duels per game, he was the ultimate defender.

Ben Godfrey and Daniel Farke

However, if they can't secure his signature on a permanent basis, Godfrey would be a fine replacement.

Although he was part of a defensive line that conceded the most goals in the Premier League this season, he won 2.2 aerial duels per match and completed 87.9% of his passes.

It's unsurprising that Norwich boss Daniel Farke thinks he has all the qualities to succeed at a high level. In August 2018, he lauded Godfrey: "I have the feeling when he gets used to this position and can have more games to learn the decision-making in the last row, because it is different, he has all the ingredients to be an outstanding centre back, world-class."

Based on that and his ability to pass more efficiently than even White can, he'd be an exciting addition.

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