Leeds must open the chequebook to sign Maddison from Peterborough

Despite the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa this summer, Leeds have yet to transform the huge amount of transfer rumours into signings. Bielsa’s reputation with players and fellow managers extends across Europe but so far the West Yorkshire club have only brought in midfielder Lewis Baker on loan from Chelsea.

What’s the story?

Leeds finished 13th in the Championship last season and will need to spend some money to keep up with clubs such as Nottingham Forest and Stoke who have already made multiple signings.

Before the start of the transfer window, Leeds Live reported that Peterborough’s attacking midfielder Marcus Maddison was a target for the Whites. The 24-year-old recorded a huge 18 assists in League 1 last season which has attracted attention from a number of Championship clubs.

Valued at just £750,000 by Transfermarkt, it would most likely take between £4-6m to prise the playmaker from London Road. Maddison is however on the transfer list at Peterborough after owner and chairman Darragh MacAnthony honoured an agreement that he would be allowed to leave the club if they missed out on promotion.

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Roofe replacement

According to Football Insider, Leeds winger Kemar Roofe is a target for newly relegated West Brom this summer and if the 25-year-old does rejoin his former club then Leeds will be looking to replace his 14 goals and five assists last season.

Maddison added eight league goals to his haul of assists last season and can play on either wing as well as in attacking midfield so would be the perfect player to bring in if Roofe does depart.

As he comes into his prime, there is little doubt that Maddison has the talent to make the step up to the Championship and he could prove a bargain if Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani is willing to pay the required fee.