Bielsa’s history may help Leeds land Tashan Oakley-Boothe

According to reports from The Daily Mail, Leeds United are one of many teams looking to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe this summer.

Swansea are seemingly the front-runners for his signature as their new boss worked with him at England U17 level, winning the World Cup together, but Marcelo Bielsa’s history may help the Whites gain an edge in this deal.

What’s the story?

The 19-year-old is in high demand this summer as The Daily Mail’s report lists Swansea, Reading, Huddersfield, Derby and Stoke as teams that will rival Leeds for his signature.

The teenager has bags of potential as he was nominated for the European Golden Boy award alongside the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Bielsa’s history

The Argentine’s relationship with Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino may mean that he gets first dibs on the youngster if he is set to leave the London club this summer.

Poch and Bielsa have already done business together this summer. Jack Clarke left Elland Road for an initial £10m fee before he was immediately returned to the Whites on loan for the season.

It’s not too much of a stretch to suggest that the Spurs manager would be willing to help out the man who he once described in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport (via SportWitness) as his “second father”.

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The fact that Leeds and Spurs have already done business this summer bodes well for the Yorkshire club’s chances of signing Oakley-Boothe, but it may be Bielsa’s close relationship with the man in charge of the north London outfit which gives the Whites the ultimate edge when trying to secure his signature.