Leeds make enquiry to sign Zidane-like midfielder

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

Hold on to your hats, the transfer window is getting all sorts of crazy.

Leeds United are set to break their transfer record to sign Rodrigo and they could come close to breaking it again with another new acquisition.

This has been a whirlwind period for the Whites where they achieved promotion, received an extra £200m for their troubles and made a statement of intent in the transfer market. 

With Rodrigo done and dusted, they could sign Lazio defender Luiz Felipe for a price of around £26.8m. 

We’ve seen Fulham and Aston Villa go berserk in the transfer window upon promotion but we didn’t see anything quite like this.

Leeds are quite possibly on the verge of signing two impressive top-flight regulars. 

Victor Orta has been a busy boy but as the window goes on you can guarantee things will get even more stressful for the Director of Football. 

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However, Andrea Radrizzani and his intermediary have also been lending a helping hand. 

The Leeds owner’s right-hand man, Lorenzo Tonetti held discussions with Lazio Sporting Director Igli Tare this week to discuss a number of potential transfers.

As well as discussing Felipe, they glossed over four other options.

That’s according to Italian outlet Ilmessaggero who suggest that Tonetti and Radrizzani asked about Jordan Lukaku, Luis Alberto, Ciro Immobile and remarkably Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

To have the audacity to ask about the final name is quite something. This is one of the most gifted midfielders on the planet we’re talking about here. 

Unfortunately for Leeds, selling the Serbian colossus was ruled out immediately. That being said, there’s nothing stopping the Whites from making a cheeky bid if they think they have the funds. 

Transfermarkt rates him at £58.5m so it wouldn’t be cheap.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

GIVEMESPORT’S Matt Dawson says…

If Leeds had managed to convince Lazio to sell Milinkovic-Savic, it would have been one of the most breathtaking deals we’ve seen in a long time.

You have to admire Radrizzani for trying because theoretically, he’d quickly become the best midfielder and player in their entire squad.

The 25-year-old is one of the best all-round athletes in world football, scoring eight times and assisting eight strikes in the Serie A last term.

For context, those are tallies that come close to the number of goals Pablo Hernandez (18 in all comps) registered in 2019/20.


That, of course, was in a second division – Milinkovic-Savic was doing it in one of Europe’s top five leagues. 

For evidence of how good the midfielder is, you only have to look at words from his agent Mateja Kezman. 

Speaking about his client in 2018, he commented: “He has remarkable attributes and you’ll not find another player in the world with that power, muscular structure and height combined with technique and tactical awareness. He has the touch of a Brazilian and some of the things he does remind me of Zinedine Zidane.” 

To put it bluntly, there was never really any chance of Leeds getting this deal done, was there? 

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