The Lowdown: Phillips competition
Phil Hay first broke the news regarding Leeds’ interest in Roca last week, claiming the club view the Spaniard as competition for Kalvin Phillips and not a direct replacement. The 6ft midfielder can play in holding or box-to-box roles, and a move has gathered pace in recent days.
Roca now looks set to become another early move for Jesse Marsch after Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen, with details of the pending transfer now shared.
The Latest: Plettenberg’s big update
Plettenberg has been on top of the links regarding Leeds and Roca for Sky Sports Germany since the rumour broke last week.
He provided a big ‘update’ on Tuesday evening, revealing details of a medical, contract length and fee involved.
“Update Roca: Medical is scheduled for Friday, probably it will take place on Monday. Contract until 2026, transfer fee €12m guaranteed + €5m bonuses. In principle he said YES to Leeds in the last hours.”
The Verdict: Good to see
The Whites always seemed to struggle to get transfer business done early in the window under Marcelo Bielsa, so it’s good to see that the club are being proactive this summer following a close shave with relegation last month, with moves for three players who all have Champions League experience.
Roca will be a welcome addition due to the club’s shortage of central midfielders, and should Phillips remain at Elland Road, the pair could well form a partnership in a potential 4-2-2-2 system under Marsch.
The Spaniard will be looking to play a leading role in Yorkshire after struggling for starts at Bayern, and you’d expect he may have been guaranteed regular game time by Marsch in order to say yes to a move.
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