Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich is subject to intense interest from Premier League side Burnley, who could make a move to sign the Poland international next year, according to Football Insider.
The Clarets showed intent to sign Klich over the recent summer transfer window, too, but were unable to seal a deal despite manager Sean Dyche regarding the area as a priority aspect to strengthen (Daily Mail).
Klich has become a player of interest for Burnley after he enjoyed his best season in front of goal while working with Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road last term, as the Poland international hit ten and recorded nine assists (WhoScored) – all in the second-tier, to end the campaign as the Whites’ second-most productive asset.
The Clarets’ failed summer pursuit has failed to dent their eagerness to acquire his services, though, as they intend to hold regular scouting missions to observe the 21-cap ace in action over the coming months ahead of a potential move in 2020.
Burnley may look to play on Klich’s contract situation at Elland Road, as the 29-year-old has entered the final 12-months of his current terms. However, while previous speculation on his future suggested Leeds do not have an option to extend his current deal by a further year, TEAMtalk understand there is a 12-month clause.
The Whites are also in negotiations over extending the influential midfielder’s time in West Yorkshire with a long-term deal, which would eliminate Burnley’s hope of potentially signing Klich as a free agent next summer.
Burnley – who are currently 12th in the Premier League after taking one win from their opening four games – being interested in Klich is hardly a surprise, as the Polish ace has been at the forefront of Leeds’ attacking efforts since Bielsa was appointed as the head coach.
Only Pablo Hernandez (122) and Ezgjan Alioski (82) played more key passes than Klich (67) last season (WhoScored), while no United player has played more this term – Klich has 17 to Hernandez’s 16.
Burnley, on the other hand, lack that sort of creative spark, with Johann Gudmundsson their most creative this term (7 key passes) and Ashley Westwood (42) their most creative last season.
Klich would be sure to give the Turf Moor natives a boost in their efforts to be more than a mid-table top-flight side, but his importance to Leeds should see that he earns a representative contract at Elland Road.
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