Transfer Focus: Yosuke Ideguchi departure could be the first of many

According to Yahoo Japan, Gamba Osaka have made an offer to sign Leeds United midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi.

The Japan international joined the Whites in 2018, but he never made an appearance for the Yorkshire club being immediately loaned out to clubs in both Spain and Germany.

Time to go

It’s quite clear that Ideguchi hasn’t got a future at United. The 22-year-old hasn’t been given a chance to shine in a white shirt, and now it is time for him to move on.

Marcelo Bielsa has always said that he prefers working with a small squad, and the midfielder clearly doesn’t factor into his plans. This is an instance where neither party can have any regret about this deal occurring as Ideguchi needs to progress his career and Leeds need to clear out any deadwood.

Spring cleaning

This move should kickstart a fire sale at Elland Road as they try to get rid of their returning loanees.

Vurnon Anita and Hadi Sacko have reportedly been told they can leave, while it is quite clear that Samu Saiz doesn’t want to be at the club next season.

These moves could act as catalysts for Leeds to start making signings this summer as it would greatly reduce their wage bill, while reimbursing them with the transfer fees they receive for each player.

Andrea Radrizzani has previously stated that the club can’t buy players unless they sell a few, and this could be a great way to raise some funds by offloading individuals that don’t factor into the manager’s long-term plans.

Other than making new signings Leeds’ priority this summer should be to shift some of their unwanted players for good to trim the size of their squad, and this move for Ideguchi could prove to be the first of many exits before the new season starts in August.