Leeds United have made a move to bring Philipp Max to Elland Road in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by Italian media outlet TuttoMercatoWeb, who claim that, following several recent reports suggesting that Leeds’ next target will be the addition of a new left-back, Victor Orta has now submitted an €8m (£7m) bid to PSV Eindhoven for the 28-year-old full-back.
However, the report does not reveal whether or not the Eredivisie side would be willing to accept an offer of such an amount for the Germany international, although, journalist Shark Gutierrez claimed back in June that PSV could be tempted into parting with Max for around €6m-€7m (£5m-£6m) this summer.
Considering how short Jesse Marsch is at left-back just ten days before the Whites kick off their 2022/23 campaign against Wolverhampton Wanderers, the news that Orta has finally made a move to sign a new player in the position is sure to have left the 48-year-old manager buzzing.
Indeed, with both Junior Firpo and Stuart Dallas being ruled out for the start of the new season due to injury, coupled with Leif Davis recently sealing a £1m move to League One side Ipswich Town, the American coach currently only has 18-year-old Leo Fuhr Hjelde – who is predominantly a centre-back – as a senior option on the left of his back four.
As such, it is evident that the Whites are in rather desperate need of a new left-back ahead of next Saturday’s visit of Wolves, and, considering just how talented a defender Max has proven himself to be in recent seasons, the 28-year-old would appear to make an excellent addition to Marsch’s options at the back.
Indeed, following his move from FC Augsburg back in September of 2020, the £7.2m-rated full-back was in devastating form over his 31 Eredivisie appearances in 2020/21, scoring five goals, registering eight assists and creating eight big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of one shot, making 2.0 key passes and completing 0.4 dribbles per game.
The £33k-per-week German also impressed in a defensive capacity, helping PSV keep six clean sheets, in addition to making an average of 1.9 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 1.1 clearances and winning 3.6 duels – at a success rate of 54% – per fixture.
These returns saw the player who Alex Chaffer dubbed “scrumptious” average an incredibly impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.20, not only ranking him as Eindhoven’s sixth-best performer in the league but also as the 23rd-best player in the Dutch top flight as a whole that year.
As such, it is clear to see just how exciting an addition Max would be to Marsch’s first-team squad this summer, leading us to believe that Orta simply must do everything in his power to get a deal over the line for the three-cap international in the coming weeks.