An update has emerged on Leeds transfer target Josip Brekalo regarding how much Wolfsburg want for the forward.
According to Calcio Mercato, the 23-year-old is available for £15m this summer. Bundesliga club Wolfsburg are open to sending him out on loan with an obligation to sign him permanently next summer for £15m (€18m), with a host of clubs interested.
Along with the Whites, Fiorentina, Atletico Madrid and Inter are also looking at the Croatian international. The report doesn’tt state whether any particular club is leading the race for his signature.
Leeds’ interest in Brekalo is perfectly timed, with reports suggesting that Helder Costa could be on his way out of the club this summer. Football Insider have reported that Jorge Mendes is working hard to find the Portuguese winger a new club, with La Liga said to be his preferred option, and that would leave a gap in Marcelo Bielsa’s squad in the wide areas.
It could be time to say bye-bye to Costa and dobrodošli to Brekalo. The Leeds forward struggled to make any real impact in the Premier League last season, with three goals in 22 appearances – two of which came in the second game of the campaign. He averaged a disappointing WhoScored rating of 6.32, which suggests that he was not cut out to make the step up to the top tier.
Therefore, a new winger will be needed at Elland Road, and Brekalo could be an ideal target for the club. The forward scored seven goals and set up another three in 22 Bundesliga starts for Wolfsburg in 2020/21, averaging an impressive WhoScored rating of 6.83. This suggests that he would be an upgrade on Costa, whilst he still has room to improve at the age of 23.
Goal’s Bundesliga journalist Ronan Murphy offered his thoughts on the Croatian on Twitter, saying: “The less said about his off-field antics the better, as he should leave his on-field performances do the talking. Able to unlock defences and strong cutting in to shoot, he will torment defenders everywhere.”
The Croatia maestro could torment defenders in the Premier League and excite Leeds supporters with his direct style of play, if Murphy’s analysis of his game is accurate. His 3.9 shots, key passes and dribbles combined per Bundesliga match for Wolfsburg suggest that it is an accurate description of the forward, as it shows that he likes to be constantly involved in the attacking phase of play. This is why Leeds must sanction a deal for the attacker to replace the ineffective Costa.
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