Whether Leeds do any transfer business in January remains to be seen.
Of course, the Whites infamously dislike the winter window and who can blame them after the Dan James and Jean-Kevin Augustin sagas?
If Leeds sign anyone this month it should be a defender. They have a plethora of injuries and thus, have been linked with Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori on loan as potential cover.
His contract expires in the summer at PSG but could be made available on loan by their new manager Mauricio Pochettino.
That’s according to Fabrizio Romano who was speaking to Football FanCast’s sister site, GIVEMESPORT:
“It’s not decided by Pochettino yet but Pochettino asks for some days to decide about these kinds of players that they were not playing, like Draxler. So in the first meeting he had with Leonardo he said ‘give me some days to decide about these players and then we will decide if (we are) selling them’.
“For sure, Leeds are looking for this kind of player – Draxler and Rodrigo de Paul – but they won’t spend €35 to €40 million for this kind of player. So it will be an opportunity if Paris Saint-Germain will decide for example, to sell Draxler on loan, they will consider this kind of opportunity. If not, I think it will be difficult.”
If Leeds can bring Draxler to Elland Road then it will undoubtedly surpass the coup of bringing Rodrigo to Elland Road.
Of course, spending a huge sum on a player out of contract in the summer would be a mistake but if he’s available on loan, Victor Orta must do all he can to lure him to the Premier League.
Capped 56 times by his country, the £119k-per-week German is an exceptional player, one who could be an upgrade on their club-record signing Rodrigo – someone who hasn’t exactly taken English football by storm yet.
For an attacking midfielder, that aspect is surely more important than scoring goals, especially for a team looking to replace the ageing Pablo Hernandez – their creative hub for so many years.
Pivotally, the Germany international is better equipped in tight-knit situations. We know Rodrigo is a competent dribbler but it’s the Leeds target who is far more assured in possession of the ball – losing it 0.4 times a game.
His potential new teammate, however, has registered a mighty 1.9 unsuccessful touches a match. That’s an embarrassing tally for someone of the Spaniard’s quality.
On top of that, Draxler has a bigger reputation at the top level. He is capped more times on the international stage and has made more appearances (69) in European competitions than Rodrigo (54). Considering the former is two years younger, it’s impressive. Lest we forget that PSG made the Champions League final last year too.
If Leeds sign a player of this calibre, it would be remarkable business from Orta. Their pulling power is already pretty big but this would be the tip of the iceberg.
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