The Lowdown: Phil Hay reveal
The Whites have been hard at work preparing for Jesse Marsch’s first full season in charge, with moves for Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen already finalised.
Midfield reinforcements appear to be next on the agenda, with Phil Hay revealing in The Athletic on Thursday that Leeds are keen on signing Roca. The Spaniard is viewed as competition and support for Kalvin Phillips, and it looks as if a transfer is rapidly gathering pace.
The Latest: Roca transfer latest
Marca provided a big update on Saturday evening regarding Leeds and Roca. They claimed that the midfielder is ‘about to become a new Leeds United player’ in a deal worth €13m-€15m (£11.1m-£12.8m).
The report adds that the 25-year-old will sign a three- or four-year contract in Yorkshire and will play a ‘leading role’ following an ‘express request from Jesse Marsch’.
The Verdict: Good news
Roca is primarily a defensive midfielder who can also play in a box-to-box role, something that Leeds desperately require.
Phillips is the club’s only holding midfielder, so the Spaniard may strike up a partnership with the boyhood Whites fan in a 4-2-2-2 system under Marsch.
How many more signings do Leeds need after Aaronson and Kristensen?
There’s no guarantee that Phillips will still be a Leeds player next season due to interest from Manchester City, so Leeds may need even more holding midfield additions after Roca, but it is good to know that the Victor Orta appears to be closing in on yet another signing.
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