Leeds United are reportedly interested in a deal to sign FC Midtjylland defensive midfielder Jens Cajuste, according to Swedish media outlet Expressen.
The lowdown: ‘The future of Swedish football’
Cajuste has been with Danish side FC Midtjylland since 2018, and has made 69 appearances in total for them, having previously been on the books with Örgryte IS earlier in his career.
The midfielder is contracted with them until the summer of 2023, although it remains to be seen as to whether he’ll remain with FC Midtjylland for much longer, with the 21-year-old not short of offers.
Cajuste has also been capped five times for the Swedish national side, and he made one substitute appearance against Spain in the European Championships this year.
Football Talent Scout have previously labelled Cajuste as the future of Swedish football, before predicting that he’d receive offers from bigger clubs in the future.
“Excellent performance in an extremely important game for Midtjylland. The future of Swedish football. Danish Superliga has too many exciting talents.
“Cajuste will soon be ready to take the next step and attack one of the top 5 leagues. He will surely receive many offers in the summer.”
The latest: Leeds set to rival Premier League clubs for Cajuste
Leeds United are said to have registered their interest in signing Cajuste, according to Expressen, but they aren’t the only English team interested in a deal for the 21-year-old.
That same report claims that Newcastle United, Brentford, Wolves and Crystal Palace are also keen on signing Cajuste this summer, as they look to scoop up a talented long-term acquisition.
The verdict: Leeds have a real battle on their hands
They won’t have it all their way in the race to land Cajuste’s signature this summer.
Leeds could be a tempting proposition for the Swedish midfielder, especially whilst they’re under the management of Marcelo Bielsa.
But he’ll need to think carefully about his game time in the future, as somewhere like Brentford, Newcastle, Wolves or Crystal Palace might actually be able to offer him more minutes on a consistent basis given Leeds’ impressive rise in the last couple of seasons.
The future looks bright for Cajuste though and he seems destined to move on to pastures new at some point – perhaps he could be the perfect deputy and understudy to Kalvin Phillips?
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