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Interest intensifies in Leeds United defender Ezgjan Alioski

Interest is intensifying in Leeds United defender Ezgjan Alioski this summer.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to a report by Turkish outlet Fanatik (via Sport Witness), who claim that CSKA Moscow, Besiktas, Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Trabzonspor are all keeping an extremely close eye on the situation of the 29-year-old left-back ahead of a potential move upon the expiry of his contract at Elland Road at the end of the month.

This news comes following a recent report by The Mirror, who revealed that Victor Orta is still attempting to convince the North Macedonia international to sign a new deal with the Whites, as Marcelo Bielsa is desperate to keep the £4.5m-rated defender ahead of next season.

Should Leeds keep Alioski this summer?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Orta will be gutted

With it being clear that both Orta and Bielsa want Alisoki to remain in England beyond the summer, despite the fact it is reported Leeds will not be improving the terms of their proposed new deal for the 29-year-old, the news that a number of clubs are stepping up their interest in the left-back is sure to leave the director of football gutted.

Indeed, it is not difficult to understand why Leeds wish to retain the services of the £24k-per-week man, as Alisoki enjoyed what was arguably his best season for the club last time out.

Over his 36 Premier League appearances for Bielsa’s side, the defender scored two goals, registered three assists and created four big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 0.8 key passes and taking 0.7 shots per game.

Alioski also made an average of 0.6 interceptions, 2.1 tackles and won 4.7 duels per fixture, with these metrics seeing the 29-year-old earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.75.

As such, considering these impressive returns, as well as just how much he featured for Leeds last season, it would very much appear as if the player Kevin Phillips dubbed “magic” is a key part of Bielsa’s first-team plans at Elland Road, with the defender’s versatility undoubtedly being a huge plus for the Argentine.

However, with CSKA Moscow reportedly willing to offer Alioksi a whopping €2.5m-per-year (£42k-per-week), whether or not the former FC Lugano star will go on to agree a new deal with Leeds appears far from certain at present.

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