Leeds submit £13.5m bid for versatile midfielder

Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds United had the wind in their sails this week.

They were heading into a match against Manchester City following back to back wins over Fulham and Sheffield United.

However, all of a sudden, they’re now playing a little bit of catch up in the transfer market.

That’s because their move for Michael Cuisance unexpectedly fell through on Thursday evening.

Personal terms had been agreed, a fee was all sorted, but the Frenchman failed his medical.

After what happened with Jean-Kevin Augustin, Leeds were never going to take a gamble on a player’s fitness.

If they aren’t up to scratch and their body can’t meet the rigorous demands that Marcelo Bielsa asks for in training, it’s pointless signing them. 

Michael Cuisance

It’s a harsh way of doing things, but football is a ruthless game. 

Fortunately, Victor Orta has already identified one or two alternatives to Cuisance. A bid was reportedly submitted and then rejected for Nahitan Nandez, but Leeds’ Director of Football has got his negotiation hat out once again.

According to Spanish publication El Desmarque, Leeds have offered €15m (£13.5m) to sign Levante midfielder Jose Campana. 

They have also offered a further €3m in add-ons but with just three days remaining in the window, Leeds are sceptical about the club accepting their bid. 

The report states that Leeds are now also trying to convince the player to move after beginning initial talks with his club. 

Campana has already had a spell in England when he played for Crystal Palace in the 2013/14 season.

Jose Campana

GIVEMESPORT’S Matt Dawson says…

If Leeds could get this over the line then it would be a brilliant piece of business.

Not only would he be a solid alternative to Cuisance, but he could also be Pablo Hernandez’s successor at the club.

Much has been made about whether the Spaniard has what it takes at the age of 35 to play an entire season and given he’s currently injured, it would suggest he’s starting to lose his fitness.

Of course, Hernandez is still a joy to watch. He has written himself into Leeds folklore by winning three Player of the Year awards in a row, but all good things must come to an end. 

The bonus about Campana, is that like Hernandez, he can play in the middle of the park and also out wide. 

Jose Campana

They are also similar when it comes to creativity. Although the Levante midfielder found the net just twice last term, he has produced 16 assists in the last two seasons. It’s hardly a surprise to see him described as a “flamboyant” passer of the ball.

Last term, Hernandez produced just 0.3 more key passes a game than Campana, but the latter was ahead when it came to dribbles, amassing 1.7 per match.

At the age of 27, the Leeds target is now in his prime and would come into the squad at a much needed time. After all, it’s looking increasingly unlikely that Orta will be able to get Rodrigo de Paul through the door.

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