Leeds in three-horse race to sign attacking talent

Dijon team celebrates

As if Leeds United's summer hadn't been full of enough drama already, their opening match of the new Premier League campaign was remarkable. 

When Mo Salah scored from the penalty spot early on, it looked as though Marcelo Bielsa's side were in for a bumpy ride.

However, step forward Jack Harrison who cruised past Trent Alexander-Arnold with ease and then fired past Alisson. 

It was a fantastic strike, but things only got more entertaining.

Neither team felt like defending too well and once things were said and done, the Reds had won 4-3.

Leeds had done a wonderful job, though. They equalised three times and demonstrated the never-say-die attitude that Bielsa has installed in the players.

It was difficult to work out whether United would have the quality to compete in the top division, but this more than showed that they have what it takes to play against the best in the country.

Marcelo Bielsa at Anfield

It would appear that Leeds' recruitment has been spot on. They didn't need lots of new faces, but their promising start isn't going to stop Victor Orta from getting his head down and looking for some more talent.

Reports from France today linked the Whites with a new target; 21-year-old Dijon forward Mounir Chouiar.

The youngster has been rising through the ranks in France and was in the goals regularly for the senior side last term.

It's thought that Leeds will have to battle both Arsenal and Wolves to bring him to Elland Road.

He won't come particularly cheap either. That's because France Football believes he'll cost somewhere between €15m and €20m (£13.8m to £18.5m).

Mounir Chouiar celebrates

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

It would be wise for Leeds to invest in a bit more potency for their forward line.

They may already have Rodrigo and Patrick Bamford, but the latter's goal on Saturday was only his second in the Premier League. 

Chouiar is relatively unheard of, but he possesses fabulous talent and is one of the most exciting young players in France at the moment.

He netted eight goals in all competitions last term and was on fire when it came to his ability to beat a man.

He was the second-best dribbler in Ligue 1 throughout the 2019/20 season, completing 3.5 dribbles a match, while he was also the fifth-best in terms of key passes a game - 2.2.

Mounir Chouiar vs Lyon

That first number is streets ahead of anyone in the current Leeds squad while that key pass ratio is just 0.1 shy of Pablo Hernandez's record.

If that isn't enough, he's also extremely versatile. Chouiar can play on either flank, as well as through the middle as an attacking midfielder.

£18.5m sounds like a lot for someone as young as the Frenchman, but his performances last season speak volumes. 

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