Leeds United are expected to miss out on Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell after Sky Sports News revealed that no bid had been received by the Canaries.
It has been a busy summer for Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa, seeing the Argentine follow up his successful Championship title win and automatic promotion to the Premier League with a whole host of summer signings.
Spending just under the £100m mark, the former Athletic Bilbao coach has hauled in the likes of Rodrigo Moreno from Valencia, Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad and Raphinha from Rennes.
With the European transfer window now closed, Bielsa still has the chance to raid a rival English club and the Yorkshire club have been linked with Cantwell ahead of Friday’s 5pm deadline.
Cantwell likely to remain at Carrow Road
Cantwell, who suffered relegation with Norwich from the Premier League down to England’s second tier this summer, did perform to a high standard last season, netting six goals and gaining two assists in his 37 top-flight appearances.
With speculation mounting over the last few weeks regarding a potential move to Elland Road, Italian journalist Nicolo Schira claimed that the youngster had agreed personal terms with the Whites ahead of a transfer agreement between the two clubs.
Any potential agreement, however, now seems to have been ended with Sky Sports claiming that Norwich are yet to receive a formal offer from Leeds.
With little time remaining in the domestic window, it now seems very unlikely that an agreement will be made between Leeds and Norwich City.
Losing a potential long-term Pablo Hernandez replacement
Having missed out on Michael Cuisance earlier in the transfer window, Bielsa is seemingly still keen to find a young midfield option, meaning a failure to sign Cantwell could leave the Argentine a little frustrated.
With Pablo Hernandez drawing closer and closer to the end of his playing career, Bielsa will be keen to find a long-term replacement, who can provide goals and assists similar to that of the Spaniard, who has 36 goals and 39 assists to his name during his Leeds spell.
Cantwell’s form and statistics as aforementioned are impressive and his former youth coach, Gary Cockaday, even said the midfielder has ‘god given’ talent, making the decision to dump this interest and not even submit a bid a risky one.
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