Leeds United could soon launch a move for Philipp Max…
According to Tuttomercatoweb (via Sport Witness), the Whites have identified the PSV Eindhoven left-back as a target for this summer’s transfer window and it’s thought that they have already tabled an €8m (£6.7m) offer.
The 28-year-old is viewed as a crucial starter for the Eredivisie outfit with Mauro Junior currently absent through injury, so as per Eindhovens Dagblad, there’s no certainty that he will be sold before September 1st.
Other unnamed clubs are said to be interested, though the German is under contract for another two years and is currently valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt.
A new left-back is thought to be among the priorities at Elland Road after Junior Firpo suffered an injury during pre-season that will see him miss the opening few weeks of the new campaign, with Stuart Dallas also on the treatment table.
Although, any new addition in this role has the chance to usurp the former Barcelona man as he hasn’t been up to scratch since Marcelo Bielsa secured his move to west Yorkshire last summer.
Summed up perfectly by the Mirror’s David Anderson, Firpo has been something of a “liability” to manager Jesse Marsch and his side.
“All he seems to do is get booked all the time. I think he’s up to 10 yellow cards or something. You don’t expect that from a player coming from Barcelona; you expect a bit of class, a bit of maturity, a bit of leadership, and he’s provided none of that, really,” he said to GIVEMESPORT.
Max could well be a worthy upgrade on the left flank.
Not only has he amassed fewer yellow cards (eight) than Firpo (11) over his 91-game PSV career so far, but he has also proven to be a big threat in the final third, where he has delivered eight goals and a whopping 18 assists, averaging one goal contribution every 284 minutes, via Transfermarkt.
An average of 1.8 tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 0.7 clearances per game last season, via WhoScored, also suggests he’s equally adept when it comes to defensive contributions seemingly making him the perfect fit for Marsch’s system at Elland Road.
“Philipp is a real asset. He’s so dangerous in the forward areas,” once claimed his former Augsburg coach, Martin Schmidt.
Having already signed six players this off-season director of football Victor Orta must look to make Max his seventh signing as on the above evidence, he would add a lot more to the club than Firpo, who has been a bit of a flop thus far.
If signed, the ex-Barca man may well struggle to regain his place, due to the obvious credentials that the PSV star has.