Further details have emerged regarding Leeds United’s failed attempts to sign Levante midfielder Jose Campana.
Prior to the European transfer window ending earlier this month, speculation linking Campana with a move to Elland Road emerged, with Spanish media outlet Eldesmarque, claiming that the Yorkshire side had made a bid for the 27-year-old former Crystal Palace man.
A failed swoop for Bayern Munich’s Michael Cuisance seemed to push Marcelo Bielsa towards a potential move for the Levante midfielder, whilst the Argentine has also shown interest in Norwich City’s Todd Cantwell and Derby County’s Louie Sibley.
After failing to lure Campana to the Premier League, Bielsa faces missing out on bringing a new midfielder to the club as moves for the aforementioned Championship duo came to a halt on domestic deadline day.
Why did a move for Jose Campana fail?
Following on from SuperDeporte‘s claims that Leeds were interested but only after a call from the player’s agent to Elland Road officials, the Spanish media outlet have now looked into the failed transfer.
Speaking to Quico Catalan, president of Levante, Superdeporte gained the following quotes on Leeds’ failed move.
“What I call a firm offer did not [arrive]. It has not been the best summer. On one hand I am happy because we have a great asset. On the other hand, I know about Jose’s wish. But I am calm because his commitment is maximum,” Catalán explained.
“A club has been able to test his agent, but beyond that, no. It has been a complicated market even in the existence of offers.
“We have tried to be imaginative and pull financial engineering. There was a moment in August when we talked to the clubs and we were blocked.”
Would Jose Campana have been a good signing for Leeds?
The Spanish midfielder would have been an excellent signing for Leeds. Gaining an impressive seven league assists last term and averaging a whopping 3.8 dribbles per game this season along with 1.8 key passes, via Whoscored, Campana is certainly impressing.
Bielsa is desperate to sign a midfielder and, with Campana performing commendably, including an impressive statistic this season of almost four times’ more chances created (11 to 3) than Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Bielsa may feel he has missed out on a really good signing.
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