Leeds lining up move for £8m-rated Rangers star

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Leeds United are identifying transfer targets.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are preparing for life in the Premier League after an exceptional season in the Championship.

The Whites won the league by a comfortable margin of 10 points from second-placed West Bromwich Albion and 12 clear of defeated play-off finalists Brentford.

It means that they are planning to strengthen their squad ahead of their return to the top-flight and it is of little surprise.

They will have to go head-to-head with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, and Liverpool if they are to enjoy genuine success next season.

To that end, there have been links with the likes of world-class forward Edinson Cavani and Brentford’s Said Benrahma.

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But they are also looking into the potential recruitment of new defenders, including a left-back from north of the border.

Football Insider claims that they are interested in Rangers’ Borna Barisic, who has enjoyed an exceptional season at Ibrox.

Barisic made 22 appearances in 2019/20 prior to the curtailment of proceedings due to COVID-19.

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He scored two goals, and also registered eight assists, turning in a virtuoso display against Celtic in which he set up both of the goals in a 2-1 win for Steven Gerrard’s side.

And Rangers have placed an asking price of £8 million on the full-back as the summer window gets into full swing.

The club paid just £2m to secure his signature and could make an immense profit on the 27-year-old.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is said to be keen to keep the star, but a big bid could sway things and allow Leeds to secure a major summer signing.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

This feels a bit strange for Leeds.

Barisic is not exactly a versatile presence and can only play at left-back.

Leeds, though, have both Ezgjan Alioski and Stuart Dallas who can play there regularly, along with Barry Douglas and youngster Leif Davis.

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They are well-stocked in the position and bringing in another left-back for the sake of it feels like a superfluous move.

If they were to move one of the quartet on, then perhaps it would make a smidge more sense.

But at this point, there are other areas of the squad in need of some love; particularly up front, where Patrick Bamford simply cannot be relied upon to hit the back of the net regularly.

Leeds ought to swerve this move.

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