According to reports, Leeds United are eyeing a move for Stade Brest’s Romain Faivre.
French publication L’Equipe claim that Marcelo Bielsa’s side have been monitoring the £7.2m-rated ace for several months now, but that they face a battle to land his signature in the summer transfer window.
The report adds that the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund are also said to be interested, while Serie A giants Inter are known to be long-term admirers too.
One of the biggest success stories at Elland Road this season has of course been Raphinha, with the Brazilian enjoying a superb debut campaign in the Premier League – he’s scored five goals and provided another five assists in 22 games in the competition.
In Faivre, Victor Orta could sign someone remarkably similar in terms of his dribbling, and ability to both create and finish chances too.
His teammate at Brest, Steve Mounie, said: “He’s an elegant player, you know, as you can see. He’s a brilliant dribbler, every weekend he does some enjoyable dribbles, and he helps us a lot, he creates chances, and helps the team in different kind of ways.”
It’s something Brest manager, Olivier Dall’Oglio, waxed lyrical about too, saying: “He’s a boy with real potential. He’s comfortable on the ball, and fast in possession, he’s got great vision too. He’s got something special. He rarely loses the ball, he can break through the lines by dribbling, and his passing creates so many chances for us. He’s a boy who can provide passes, but who’s also capable of scoring goals.”
Given the rave reviews Faivre has earned, it’s no surprise to see that Leeds are interested in signing him. With the Frenchman predominantly playing on the left-flank – he’s been used there 14 times this season – Orta would land someone who can work in tandem with Raphinha on the opposite flank.
Teams would no longer be able to try and double-team Raphinha in the knowledge that Faivre could wreak just as much havoc with his dribbling on the other side, and that would open up a different dimension for Bielsa and Leeds.
Having multiple strings to your bow, especially at Premier League level is crucial, and Faivre’s arrival would give Leeds a potent edge to their attack on the left-hand side just as they have on the right. You only have to look at Liverpool’s recent success with two wide players in the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to see how influential and effective a team can be when they have a pair of wingers able to cause damage.