Leeds United are among the Premier League clubs eyeing Omar Colley, according to Samp News 24.
Sampdoria centre-back Colley made 29 Serie A appearances last season, averaging 4.4 accurate long balls, 2.6 successful aerial duels and 2.3 interceptions per match (via WhoScored).
No player in Serie A made more clearances than the Gambia international, who also ranked in the top five for interceptions.
Chris Wilder, the manager of Leeds’ Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United, requested the signing of Colley in the January transfer window as he looked to save the struggling Blades (via The Athletic).
Leeds have made two senior signings this summer, striking an £11.52million permanent deal for Jack Harrison before recruiting Junior Firpo from FC Barcelona for £13.5million (via Transfermarkt).
The report says that the sale of Colley, who returned for pre-season training on Wednesday, is seen by Sampdoria as a way to ‘guarantee some incoming investments’.
But they’ve made clear that they won’t budge on their price-tag of €10million (£8.6million).
Leeds are not the only Premier League club in the frame, with West Ham United and Newcastle United also keen.
Perhaps centre-back shouldn’t be a priority for Leeds this summer, with Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, Liam Cooper and Pascal Struijk already on their books. Still, it’s good to have that extra insurance, particularly given Llorente’s concerning fitness record.
Colley would be a reasonably cheap acquisition and a solid medium-term option for Marcelo Bielsa.
He could be something of a weapon given his capacity to launch attacks from deep. No Leeds centre-back played more accurate long passes per game than Colley last season.
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