Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is continuing to keep a close eye on Wolfsburg winger Josip Brekalo ahead of a potential summer transfer move.
Reports in recent days have suggested that Bielsa’s side are interested in signing the 22-year-old in the summer transfer window, with the Whites among those to have watched the Croatian in action over the past few months in the Bundesliga.
German publication Bild have claimed that Brekalo’s performances have caught the eye of Bielsa, but the Whites are likely to face competition from the likes of Napoli, Milan and Fiorentina.
The Croatian enjoyed a fine campaign with Wolfsburg, netting seven goals and providing three assists in 28 games in the Bundesliga, including scoring a hat-trick earlier this month against Union Berlin.
As per WhoScored, he averaged 1.6 shots, 1.3 key passes and one dribble per game in the league, all of which rank him in the top five for each category among his Wolfsburg teammates, and a real indication of the kind of directness and influence he provides.
Goal’s Bundesliga journalist Ronan Murphy said on Twitter: “The less said about his off-field antics the better, as he should leave his on-field performances do the talking. Able to unlock defences and strong cutting in to shoot, he will torment defenders everywhere.”
That last line of being able to “torment defenders everywhere” is what makes Brekalo a potentially exciting signing for Bielsa and Leeds, who already have a couple of such players in Jack Harrison and Raphinha.
The £26m-rated Croatian would add some real quality and strength in depth in those wide positions and give Bielsa another potential game-changer just like Raphinha has been with six goals and nine assists.
His dribbling, his desire to cut onto his stronger foot and his willingness to take players on is very much like Raphinha, and another player like the Brazilian should certainly go down well at Elland Road.