Leeds United’s majority owner Andrea Radrizzani could land a bargain transfer for Marcelo Bielsa by signing Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah this summer.
According to recent reports from Football Insider, the Whites have been offered the opportunity to land the £15,000-a-week striker permanently, with Mikel Arteta’s Gunners ready to listen to offers in order to raise funds for their own transfer plans.
While he may only have played half a season under Bielsa – he featured just 19 times and scored five goals for the Whites – the £17m-rated forward made a real impression at Elland Road, not least with the manager himself.
Bielsa said: “He’s a specialist great player with a lot of resources and our play is a collective way of playing and one player needs to adapt to this style.
“For this reason when we felt he was part of the team we thought that we were going to feel the same and that he would continue with us. He didn’t take this decision but he is a great player, an excellent professional and he had very good behaviour, he is a gentleman in every sense.”
Given that he only has a year left on his contract, and with Arsenal keen on raising money to fund their own squad rebuild, this could be the perfect chance for Radrizzani to land a real bargain for Leeds.
With his previous experience of playing under Bielsa, and having now had a couple of seasons turning out at Premier League level, he should be expected to hit the ground running at Elland Road and give Patrick Bamford some competition in attack.
At only 22, Nketiah still has plenty of time to develop, and under what better coach to do that than Bielsa? The Leeds manager had nothing but great words to say about the young striker, and the Argentine seems to feel a real connection towards him.
The Whites’ hierarchy should look to reunite the Arsenal marksman with Bielsa this summer.
Dubbed as a “very dangerous” striker in the mould of a Jermaine Defoe, Nketiah could bring his poacher’s instincts back to Yorkshire.