Leeds United are looking to strengthen their squad this summer following an impressive first season back in the top flight. Read all the latest transfer news and rumours below.
Junior Firpo signing announced
A signing that has seemingly been in the works for a long time finally became official as Leeds United announced the arrival of Barcelona left-back Junior Firpo.
✍️ #LUFC is delighted to announce the signing of Junior Firpo from Barcelona
— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 6, 2021
The defender has signed a four-year deal with the club, and has become Bielsa’s second signing of the summer, following the arrival of Jack Harrison on a permanent deal from Manchester City
Young midfielder the next target
With Firpo now with the Yorkshire club, attentions have turned to the next deal.
Firpo needs football and vacant #lufc left back place appealed over Milan option. Bielsa physique: often highest scores in Barca fitness test. Leeds won’t do loads this summer but still want young centre mid + closing on Bamford extension. (2/2) https://t.co/LlzO1ntV0P
— Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) July 6, 2021
The Athletic report that:
“Leeds are also searching for a young central midfield player with the potential to develop under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa.”
However, this, as per the same outlet, is “unlikely” to be Nahitan Nandez, the Cagliari midfielder who has been strongly linked with a move to Yorkshire this summer.
It is, as of yet, unknown who Bielsa could turn his attention to as an alternative, but it is likely to continue the fashion of innovative and successful business that Leeds have conducted in the previous years.
Kalvin Phillips has “no desire to move”
As much as Leeds United fans will be enjoying seeing their midfielder Kalvin Phillips excel for England at Euro2020, there will be concern among some that his strong performances may see bigger clubs circle around the Englishman.
Those fears have been allayed somewhat in a recent report by Inews, who have spoken to Phillips’ agent Kevin Sharp.
Sharp claimed that:
“There may be clubs who are actually looking at Kalvin now because the more successful you are – playing for England in big tournaments – naturally breeds interest.
“But Kalvin is happy at Leeds and has no desire to move whatsoever. It’s more a case of ‘carry on what you’re doing for club and country.”
Phillips is thought to be happy in Yorkshire and is unlikely to agitate for a move even if a bigger club were to show concrete interest in the Leeds midfielder.
This article was edited by Josh Barker.