This has been a swashbuckling summer full of celebration, disbelief and artful storytelling.
For the first time since 2004, Leeds are back in the Premier League and Marcelo Bielsa is the man to thank.
Few would have backed him to remain at the club last summer but he did so, taking the Whites back to the promised land.
They are not here to muck around either. They’ve added two new recruits in Rodrigo and Robin Koch, while the academy has looked the best it has for years.
Carlos Corberan may have departed but the Thorpe Arch academy now has category one status and is bolstered by the additions of Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and more.
Orta and Radrizzani have arguably never been busier at Elland Road, but hopefully, all their hard work will pay off.
For once, they can flex their financial muscles, and they’re doing it in some fashion. Rodrigo became the club-record signing for instance.
The money is set to continue flying out of Leeds’ bank account over the next weeks.
That’s because the club are busy concluding a deal to bring talented teenage defender Josko Gvardiol to Yorkshire.
The Dinamo Zagreb centre-back was linked with Leeds last week but there has now been an update on their pursuit with information being revealed as to when he could arrive in England.
According to Croatian outlet, Sportske, the Whites have made an offer of €20m (£17.7m) for the 18-year-old’s services.
They claim that Leeds have been trying to sign him ever since they were promoted to the top-flight, but a deal won’t be wrapped up for another two weeks.
That’s because Dinamo want Gvardiol to play in their Champions League qualifier with Ferencvaros on the 16th September. After that, it’s thought the defender will travel to England to finalise his transfer to Leeds.
The report states that Bielsa believes he can make Gvardiol ‘world-class’.
GIVEMESPORT’S Matt Dawson says…
Leeds may have signed Koch from Freiburg but they clearly still need to add bodies to their defensive line.
Bielsa may prefer working with a smaller squad but the Premier League is a demanding division filled with tough games – he cannot go into the new season with just two senior central defenders.
Gaetano Berardi signed a short-term extension to keep him at the club until the end of the 2019/20 season but after tearing his ACL, his future in Yorkshire is up in the air.
Bielsa was fortunate that he could coast through last season with White and Liam Cooper as his primary pair but relying on two players again would be nothing short of a risk.
Gvardiol may be young but just look at how the Leeds boss nurtured White last term.
He has a proven track record of developing ball-playing centre-backs and that should fill everyone with confidence if they sign the Dinamo youngster.
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