The lowdown: Leeds interested in Berisha
Whites manager Jesse Marsch has already shown a penchant for reuniting with some of his former players at Elland Road, having already signed a number of his former charges in Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams and Rasmus Kristensen.
The next in line to follow the American to Elland Road could be Berisha after the 24-year-old former Germany youth international was linked with a move to Yorkshire over the weekend.
Another informed source has now shed some further light on the potential deal for the man who directly contributed to 37 goals in 52 appearances under Marsch at Red Bull Salzburg…
The latest: Four-year deal on the table
Taking to Twitter, Turkish football journalist Cengiz has claimed that Leeds will offer Berisha a four-year deal if they can agree a fee with the Istanbul club.
He outlined: “Leeds United, who want to transfer Fenerbahce’s striker Mergim Berisha, continue their negotiations with.
“, who offered €5m to , will sign a 4-year contract with Berisha in case of an agreement. Berisha also has offers from Germany.”
The verdict: Make it happen
Holding a perceived market value of £5.4m and currently under contract until 2025 (Transfermarkt), getting this deal done for anything close to the mooted €5m (£4.2m) would have to be regarded as an exceptional piece of business from Leeds.
Alongside the ongoing pursuits of Charles De Ketelaere and Arnaud Kalimuendo as more youthful targets, Berisha already boasts a proven goalscoring pedigree, particularly under the tutelage of Marsch.
The talented marksman has already won four Austrian Bundesliga titles, three Austrian Cups and the European Under-21 Championship in what has been an impressive few years of his career so far.
Last season, Berisha – who was praised by journalist Max Camilleri for an ‘amazing’ finish against Royal Antwerp in an 8.1 Sofascore-rated display – scored eight times and provided three assists in 38 appearances across all competitions as he adapted well in his first campaign in Turkey.
While predominantly a centre-forward, the German can also play on either wing as well as in deeper positions, and he should therefore be regarded as a top priority for Victor Orta as Leeds attempt to improve ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
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