Leeds face competition to sign Premier League defender

Juan Foyth

Money, money, money. It must be nice to be a Leeds United supporter at the moment.

Gone are the days of acting exclusively in the loan market and gone too are the tight financial restrictions that made life difficult in the Football League.

The Whites now have an extra £200m in their coffers after gaining promotion and they have put that to good use.

Although they failed to bring Ben White back to Elland Road, they have signed Robin Koch, a Germany international.

Leeds also broke their transfer record to seal a move for Spanish forward Rodrigo. 

If you thought Leeds could bring a player of that calibre to the club when they first came up, you’d have been told to lay off the drink.

Victor Orta means business and they are still in the market to bring in some defensive cover. Axel Tuanzebe and Josko Gvardiol have been two names on the list in recent days.

Orta and Radrizzani

However, another name that came to light again last week was that of Juan Foyth.

Leeds were supposedly on the verge of signing him on loan a few months ago after claims from Argentine media.

Ultimately, he didn’t join and has stayed at Spurs. That being said, Leeds are still interested in acquiring his services according to The Sun

Unfortunately for the Whites, they are now facing added competition for the 22-year-old’s signature.

The 10-cap international has interest from Spain and Unai Emery’s Villarreal, per AS.

They’re aiming to bolster their defensive line with a swoop for the centre-back and he is now their number one target. Though, a deal will be complicated by the fact that Tottenham don’t want a permanent sale. 

Juan Foyth

GIVEMESPORT’S Matt Dawson says…

Tottenham have been pursuing a number of central defenders this summer and Foyth stands out as a solid option.

He has Premier League experience – 16 appearances – and is also a ball-playing centre-half, something that Marcelo Bielsa likes.

Hailed as “quality” by Jose Mourinho, he has completed an impressive 85.3% of his passes in his short career to date.

That being said, if Leeds are presented with an opportunity to bring in another defender on a permanent basis, they should prefer that option.


After all, Orta discovered just how difficult it was to bring someone back that had performed to a high level when Brighton rejected their bids for White.

Foyth may end up being a bit more expendable for a side like Spurs but at the end of the day, Bielsa would prefer to develop one of his own, as opposed to a loanee.

Just look at what happened with Jack Clarke last term – he barely played. 

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