Leeds United are looking to broaden their horizons and indeed bolster their squad this January transfer window. Rumours are flying thick and fast at the moment and Adama Traore is one of the more intriguing names to appear on the radar.
According to Sport, Marcelo Bielsa is very keen on the Spaniard and he reportedly wants to bring him to Elland Road this month. However, the Leeds board would likely have to offload personnel before making a move, for more reasons than one.
Several clubs are interested in signing the beast that is Traore, who earns £43,000-a-week according to Spotrac. He has been linked to the likes of European giants Liverpool and Real Madrid, as per The Mirror.
The 24-year-old would certainly bring pace and power to Leeds, but he would likely warrant a huge transfer fee. This is why the Whites would need to consider selling some players before considering a swoop.
SoccerLink reported in 2020 that Wolves were looking for as much as £75million for Traore, which is a figure that a club like Leeds would almost certainly flinch at.
However, money isn’t the only reason Victor Orta should be placing players on the chopping block. As it stands, the Championship title holders have as many as three options on the right wing, with teenager Crysencio Summerville also impressing recently.
To sign another right-footed winger would be foolish, given the options already at Bielsa’s disposal. Should Leeds opt to offload one of their attackers, it would likely be former Wolves man Helder Costa.
There has also been talk of Bielsa letting the recent signing leave in January if he continues to go under the radar with his performances, with Kevin Phillips believing that the boss would sanction an exit.
Despite playing a huge part in Leeds’ promotion and being lauded as “immense” by his former boss, the 27-year-old has fallen out of favour this season.
Costa has featured in just four of his side’s last ten Premier League fixtures, making way for Raphinha, as per Transfermarkt, and letting him leave could give the board the green light to bring in new personnel.