Leeds can sign Marc Roca from Bayern Munich from an ever lower fee than first reported.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay reported on Thursday that Leeds have ‘turned their attention’ to Roca after completing the signing of Ramus Kristensen, their second of the summer.
The Whites identified Roca as a target back in January and want to bolster their midfield.
Hay wrote that the Spaniard, also admired by West Ham United, is available for a fee of £10million.
Roca made just 13 appearances for Bayern last season, starting only four Bundesliga matches over the course of the campaign.
German publication Bild (via Sport Witness) explain that Roca is ‘on the sales list’ after being informed ‘he isn’t good enough for a regular place’.
If Bayern are offered ‘around €9million’ (£7.7million) for his services, then ‘they would let him go’.
Roca himself is ‘open to a new beginning’ and hopes to find a new club who will give him ‘significantly more playing time’.
Clearly, Roca’s £8.1million move from Espanyol to Bayern hasn’t worked out.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side are willing to sell him at a loss just two years into a five-year contract.
Still, there’s no shame in failing to muscle a way into a title-winning side, when players like Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka are your competition.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has spoken glowingly of Roca’s individual qualities, comparing the ‘absolutely brilliant’ midfielder to Manchester City’s Rodri and even dubbing him ‘the Toni Kroos of Espanyol’.
He has the potential to be a good replacement for Kalvin Phillips, should he leave Leeds this summer.
In other news, Fabrizio Romano shares a Leeds transfer update.
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