Reports claim Fernando Forestieri could be available this summer, and Leeds could transform their slow transfer window by swooping for one of their local rivals’ star.
According to HITC, Swansea are eyeing what would surely be a big-money swoop for Forestieri as they look to mount an immediate promotion charge.
The Swans are looking for a marquee signing that can add some goals and dynamism to their side, and a fully fit Forestieri would certainly do the trick.
According to the report, Sheffield Wednesday’s quest to trim their wage bill has left the 28 year-old’s future “uncertain”, with Jos Luhukay being forced to sell before he can buy.
If the Owls’ talisman really is on the market, then Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds should absolutely be eyeing a potential shock swoop.
Wednesday fans might wonder why their talisman would jump ship to a local rival, but the lure of working under a fellow Argentinian and world-renowned manager in Bielsa could tip the scales.
Forestieri is the type of player that can turn an average team into a great one, and would be the type of signing to right all the wrongs that Victor Orta and Leeds have made in recent transfer windows.
If Bielsa is going to bring his patented 3-3-3-1 formation to Elland Road, he needs players that are athletic, versatile, and technically gifted, and the current Leeds squad simply doesn’t have the quality to carry this out. They are also desperately lacking goals, which this move could fix.
Forestieri ticks all the Bielsa boxes, and could be the signing that finally pushes Leeds towards the promotion charge fans are so desperate for. The 28 year-old is fabulously gifted with the ball at his feet, and above all else he knows how to stick the ball in the net, averaging well over a goal every three Championship games for the Owls.
The likes of Pablo Hernandez, Samuel Saiz and Gjanni Alioski give Bielsa plenty of attacking flair and creativity, but none of them quite have that killer end product that you need to surge up the table. This is where Forestieri is a cut above the rest, and why it would be worth splashing the summer transfer kitty on him.
After missing most of last season with injuries, the former Italy youth international returned to grab five goals in ten games towards the end of the season, averaging over one tackle per game, nearly two dribbles and two shots per game. He would instantly overtake Hernandez as Leeds’ most talented player.
Orta and Andrea Radrizzani need a big statement signing to get the fans on side after a frustrating summer, and Forestieri is good enough to make fans forget all about past mistakes.
So, Leeds fans, would you back a shock swoop for Wednesday’s talisman? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…