Leeds should sign Maya Yoshida once Southampton complete £10m Marlon deal

According to reports in The Mirror, Southampton look set to beat West Ham United to the £10m signing of Barcelona defender Marlon, and Championship club Leeds United should be watching developments closely.

What’s the word, then?

Marlon in action for Nice

Well, The Mirror report that Saints look set to win the race to bring the 22-year-old Brazilian to St Mary’s after agreeing a fee with the La Liga champions, with the club seeing him as a long-term Virgil van Dijk replacement.

It is perhaps no surprise that manager Mark Hughes is keen to bring a new centre-back to the club given their leaky defence was one of the main reasons they found themselves in a relegation trouble last term, and the Welshman will hope that the cultured Barca man will shine on the south coast.

Should Marlon complete his Southampton move, it would surely raise some question marks over some of the futures of their other centre-backs considering he would be competing with Wesley Hoedt, Jack Stephens, Maya Yoshida and Jan Bednarek for a spot in the starting XI.

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Why should Leeds be monitoring the situation?

Well, it seems clear that Marcelo Bielsa and the club will be determined to bring a new centre-back to Elland Road this summer, with Pontus Jansson and captain Liam Cooper their only two senior specialist options in that position right now.

If the former Argentina and Chile boss is looking for an experienced player then he could certainly do a lot worse than take a look at Saints’ Yoshida, who has been impressing for Japan at the 2018 World Cup.

The 29-year-old is tall and has 129 Premier League appearances under his belt, and his know-how and qualities as a defender would surely help the Yorkshire club in their quest to finally win promotion back to the top flight this term.