Leeds eye swoop for pacey winger

Milot Rashica celebrates

This has been nothing short of a momentous summer for Leeds.

The Whites won the Championship by ten points, achieved promotion to the Premier League, broke their transfer record and their academy also received category one status.

If things couldn’t get any better, Marcelo Bielsa signed a new contract with the Yorkshire side on Friday morning. This is a wonderful time to support United. 

Their transfer business has been very eye-catching too.

Spain international Rodrigo came through the door for a fee of £30m, and although they failed to sign Ben White, his replacement – Robin Koch – is more than capable. 

A host of young and fresh faces have arrived to bolster the U23 squad but Victor Orta and co still have work to do in order to improve the first-team picture. 

Defensive targets including Jordan Lukaku and Josko Gvardiol could soon walk through the door, but for now, we’re going to focus on the attacking side of things.

Radrizzani and Orta

That’s because Leeds have a new winger in mind for the remaining weeks of the window.

According to a German publication called Deich Stube, the Whites are one of the sides interested in signing Werder Bremen forward Milot Rashica.

The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Aston Villa for the majority of the summer and they have now supposedly lodged an offer of €18m (£16.6m), per Sport BILD.

However, via the initial report, they will also face competition from Napoli to sign the player.

It’s thought that Rashica has an asking price of €25m (£23m) so Orta will have to get his chequebook out again. 

Bremen’s sporting director Frank Baumann recently stated: “It may well be, it is even likely that Milot Rashica will leave us during this transfer phase. But it cannot be completely ruled out that he will still be a Werder Bremen player after October 5th.” 

Milot Rashica

GIVEMESPORT’S Matt Dawson says…

This would be a superb signing for a whole host of reasons.

For starters he is versatile. Tick number one in Bielsa’s list of requirements. 

As well as being able to play out wide, he can also play as a second striker or upfront as the main forward. Furthermore, he’s also played as an attacking midfielder.

Those positions sound an awful lot like Tyler Roberts’ remit so it wouldn’t be a great surprise if he suffered hugely by Rashica’s potential arrival.

Tyler Roberts

That being said, it would be more than worth bringing the Kosovan to Elland Road.

Described on the Bundesliga website as a “one-man attacking force with pace to burn,” he has plenty of outstanding attributes.

In 2019/20, he scored 11 goals and created eight assists. Rashica is a particularly difficult player to deal with, completing two dribbles per match last term.

If you compare that to the rest of the Leeds squad, no player averaged more – not even new signing Rodrigo

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