Leeds United are actively pursuing transfer targets ahead of deadline day next week but they also are mindful of Marcelo Bielsa’s future heading into next season…
The Argentine is out of contract at the end of the current campaign and has only ever extended his deal by a year, meaning there is always a question mark over whether he will stay or go as we head towards the summer.
Phil Hay of The Athletic has previously claimed that he has a “hunch” that this will be the 66-year-old’s final season in charge of the Yorkshire giants, regardless of how things pan out.
And now, ever-reliable Daily Mirror journalist David Anderson has dropped an intriguing claim to GIVEMESPORT this week.
“They’ll be looking for somebody. This is going on as we speak, they’re looking to identify possible coaches who will be similar to him in terms of style,” he revealed.
This is certainly an interesting revelation given the timing.
Victor Orta and co are busying trying to bolster the Argentine’s playing squad with RB Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson thought to be the priority, having had a £15m bid rejected for him already in recent days.
But the Spanish director of football also appears to be on the lookout for a similar sort of manager to carry the club forward into the future, and you’d have to wonder if that is on the back of his mind when conducting business this window.
If Bielsa is only going to be here for another five or so months, should he really have total control over likely incomings?
One name that has regularly been linked with the role is former Granda boss Diego Martinez, who is still out of work despite offers from LaLiga teams like Cadiz in recent months.
He seems destined for Elland Road and is infatuated with the English game, as revealed during an interview with the Guardian in November.
“When I was a kid, I would go to my cousin’s to watch the Premier League because he had Canal Plus. I saw [David] Beckham from the halfway line at Wimbledon there. You think: ‘This is different, I have to experience it’,” he said.
Whether the fellow Spaniard is Orta’s choice remains to be seen, as is the questionable future of Bielsa in west Yorkshire. Either way, it certainly appears as if the Leeds supremo is planning a major move or two in the near future, both in the transfer market and in the hunt for the Arengtine’s successor.