According to Foot Mercato, Leeds United have entered the race to sign Bayern Munich starlet Michael Cuisance in this summer transfer window.
The Whites have been very busy in the transfer market thus far, already sealing deals for the likes of Rodrigo and Robin Koch, as they look to impress in their first season back in the Premier League.
And now, French publication Foot Mercato claim that Leeds have set their sights on 21-year-old Cuisance, with Marcelo Bielsa said to have fallen in love with the talented midfielder.
The report adds that Bielsa has urged the club’s hierarchy to go after him, and that the Whites are now seriously considering sending a transfer proposal to Bayern to deliver his wishes.
Whilst Mesut Ozil may have dramatically fallen out of favour at Arsenal – he has yet to make a competitive appearance for the Gunners this season – there’s no questioning that the World Cup winner is the kind of play-maker that can unlock defences like the best of them (he has an impressive career average of three key passes per game).
In Cuisance, Leeds could land something similar, albeit much younger and without the massive wage packet the Arsenal man is earning. The Frenchman is the modern type of midfielder, technically gifted and with a bit of magic in his boots, with the Bundesliga’s official website saying he is most comparable in his style of play to Ozil.
Bayern’s sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, said: “Michael’s strengths are in his possession of the football. He has a great technique, a strong left foot and a great mentality.”
Whilst the 21-year-old’s former coach at Borussia Monchengladbach, Dieter Hecking, raved: “Michael is an exceptional player for his age. He’s a game-changer.”
If Leeds are looking for someone to add a touch of creativity and guile to their play, as well as ensure they are firmly looking towards the future, then Cuisance fits the bill to an absolute tee.