Premier League giants Manchester City were believed to have been willing to sign Legia Warsaw teenager Michał Karbownik and then loan him to Leeds United.
The relationship between City boss Pep Guardiola and Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has been made public in recent times, having seen a deal involving Jack Harrison work in favour for both sides. With the 23-year-old’s career since joining Leeds on loan going from strength to strength, a potentially similar deal involving young Brazilian Yan Couto is also being discussed.
A third player has now been linked between the two clubs in Karbownik, who is attracting interest from a number of sides after impressing in his native Poland. During Kanale Sportowym’s program Misja Futbol, Polish journalist Tomasz Smokowski has claimed that Manchester City were keen to purchase the young talent and then loan him to Leeds.
“I will say what I know about the clubs who are interested in Karbownik. This is interesting. One team that was interested in Karbownik was Manchester City. But not for themselves, but for Leeds United, because these clubs work closely together,” Smokowski was quoted as saying by Sport.pl.
“Leeds simply cannot afford the Pole. It would be a transfer on the principle of: buy him for us, lend him to them and if it works, we take him.”
Sport Witness also report that Smokowski claims the 19-year-old is being valued at around €10m-€12m (£8.9m-£10.67m) by Legia Warsaw. Karbownik has largely played on the left side of defence this term, securing six assists in 20 league appearances.
The relationship between City and Leeds does seem to be a blossoming one and that can only be a good thing for both clubs, especially the latter, who have had success with the loan signing of Harrison. With Leeds set to gain promotion to the Premier League, such deals could prove vital for the plans of Bielsa, and they could stand to gain plenty if the English champions can secure a deal for Karbownik.
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