Leeds United have been handed a boost in their chase to sign Sassuolo star Jeremie Boga in this summer transfer window.
The Daily Mail had recently claimed that Marcelo Bielsa’s side have shown an interest in signing the Ivory Coast international, who was previously on the books at Chelsea in his earlier years.
Now, Sassuolo’s chief executive, Giovanni Carnevali, has admitted that the forward has asked to leave the club alongside a couple of the team’s other emerging stars.
He said to 90min (via Sportslens): “Just like Locatelli and Berardi, Boga also asked us to try other experiences. We listened to him and the agents – but no concrete offers have arrived.”
The £18m-rated Boga has rebuilt his career at Sassuolo after failing to make the grade at Stamford Bridge, but that isn’t to say the natural ability hasn’t been there however.
Hish former coach at Chelsea, Michael Beale, said: “The most unique talent and I’m talking in a window of being 13/14 and he just beat the other team possibly on his own is a young boy called Jeremie Boga.
“He just beat teams on his own, such a lovely boy. I thought wow, this boy is a supreme talent. he can stop and go and over three or four yards, he can just drift past you.”
He also managed 1.2 shots per game (that would rank him just outside the top five among Bielsa’s current squad), while he boasted a whopping 89.4% pass accuracy (the highest of any player that started more than five times for the Whites).
And, speaking on the One Leeds Fan Channel on Youtube, Conor McGilligan talked up the prospect of Boga arriving at Elland Road and the impact he could make.
He said: “It looks like Boga has been a massive hit with Sassuolo since moving from Chelsea, I believe it was back in 2018. He can play anywhere along the frontline, he’s fast and he’d bring a real variety to Leeds’ attacking play.”
Given Boga has now put in a transfer request, Victor Orta has the perfect chance to land one of Leeds’ summer targets.