Leeds tipped to sign 'quality' defender this summer

Juan Foyth and Coutinho

You’d find it difficult to identify a defender that Leeds haven’t been linked with this summer.

Of course, Ben White was at the top of their list but they now stand little chance of securing his services.

Brighton knocked back three bids from the Whites and now the centre-back has put pen to paper on a new deal with the Seagulls.

That being said, this has not been a poor summer for Leeds at all.

Buoyed by promotion and winning the Championship by a fabulous ten points, they’ve gone onto smash their transfer record.

Rodrigo has arrived from Valencia and that was followed up by the entrance of Germany international Robin Koch.

Leeds certainly aren’t here to muck about after finally sealing their place in the top-flight. Victor Orta is keen to spend money and who can blame him? The Whites have secured an estimated £200m just for competing in the Premier League.

Leeds win promotion

Leeds may miss out on White, but another long-term target could finally sign for the Yorkshire side in the not too distant future.

That’s if you believe a report from The Sun.

They put together a piece this week detailing Tanguy Ndomele’s desire to leave Tottenham. However, within the copy, there was also a snippet about Leeds and Juan Foyth.

Remarkably, the Whites are still in the race to sign the Argentina international and have been tipped to bring him to Elland Road this summer.

Foyth is currently valued at £12.15m but has previously been linked with a temporary move to bolster Marcelo Bielsa’s backline. 

Foyth against Bayern Munich

GIVEMESPORT’S Matt Dawson says…

Transfer sagas are often exciting but this one has been anything but. In fact, it looked as though it had gone quiet for a number of months.

Leeds were first linked with a move for Foyth back in June, and towards the start of that month, it appeared as though they were on the verge of signing the 22-year-old. 

It’s been over 11 weeks now since varying reports claimed he was about to sign for Leeds.

Argentine journalist Nicolas Bozza suggested he’d officially signed on loan before another journalist, Roy Nemer, declared he was ‘set to join’ on a temporary basis. 

Foyth and Eriksen

It’s clear to see why Leeds are such strong admirers. Although he hasn’t played much for Leeds, he’s the exact profile Bielsa wants from a defender.

Foyth knows how to play out from the back, registering a pass success rate of 86.4% last term, and he can play in multiple positions. 

Described as “quality” by Jose Mourinho, not only is the Spurs defender a centre-back, but he can also play as a right-back. 

This signing would go some way to addressing the lack of depth in both positions. It seems a no-brainer if they can get it across the line.

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