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Leeds: Yangel Herrera available for £20m

An update has emerged on Leeds transfer target Yangel Herrera, regarding Manchester City’s valuation of the midfielder.

What’s the talk?

According to The Telegraph, Leeds United target Yangel Herrera is a player on Manchester City’s chopping block this summer. The Premier League champions are looking to raise funds and are willing to cash in on the midfielder for a fee in the region of £20m.

Crystal Palace, Southampton and West Ham are said to be interested in signing him, whilst Leeds have also been linked with a swoop for his signature this month.

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Imagine him and Phillips

Victor Orta must sanction a swoop for Herrera as he could land a dream midfield for Marcelo Bielsa by partnering Kalvin Phillips with the Manchester City man.

The Venezuela international could be a terrific addition to the Argentine’s squad and bolster their chances of another successful season in the top-flight, which is why Orta must pounce on this opportunity to bring him in.

Bielsa often opted for a 4-1-4-1 last season, but also utilised a 4-4-1-1 variant and that is where the midfielder could slot in alongside Phillips.

Mateusz Klich’s performances were inconsistent and his dismal average WhoScored rating of 6.51 reflects this. This suggests that a replacement for the Poland international is needed heading into the 2021/22 campaign.

Herrera averaged a score of 6.84 across 42 appearances for Granada on loan in Spain, playing in La Liga and in the Europa League.

In 10 European matches, he averaged an eye-catching score of 7 whilst winning 3.3 tackles and interceptions per game. This shows that he has the quality to compete at the top level and, therefore, could be a shrewd signing.

Venezuelan football expert and journalist Carlos Ponte has lauded the midfielder as complete and elegant, praising his work rate across the pitch. 

He said: “In Venezuela, we’ve never had as complete a footballer Yangel – elegant in possession, tall, very physically imposing, good at bringing the ball out, good in the air, the right mentality, and a good head on his shoulders.

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“He has a lot of energy and stamina, is great at providing cover and a true team player. He’s good at bringing the ball out with a certain degree of elegance.”

These quotes pair nicely with Herrera’s statistics at Granada to paint the picture of an impressive young talent who could pair with Phillips, 25, and create a strong midfield base for Leeds to build on.

At the age of 23, he still has plenty of time left to develop and improve as a player under Bielsa’s coaching, which means that him and Phillips could have the potential to be a dream pairing for many years to come at Elland Road.

AND in other news, Leeds must land “explosive” £60m-rated gem who’s “so fast”, Bielsa’s desperate for him…

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