Leeds United are ‘not expecting’ Ezgjan Alioski to remain at the club beyond this season, having rejected a new deal at Elland Road.
Alioski’s future has continued to be up in the air throughout this season, however, with a move to Galatasaray strongly rumoured last month.
Alioski expected to leave Leeds
According to Football Insider, the left-back is now approaching the final months of his time at Leeds, with his exit all but confirmed. It is reported that the the club have ‘given up hope’ of retaining the North Macedonian’s services, with his current contract expiring at the end of the season.
A move to Galatasaray still seems to be on the cards, with his pre-contract agreement set to become permanent in the near future.
Transfer Tavern take
Alioski will be a loss for Leeds, but at 29, it could be argued that his peak years are now behind him.
Marcelo Bielsa will need to delve into the transfer market to replace him, with Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico appearing a strong option, considering he has won 27 caps for Argentina and boasts Champions League experience.
Leeds youngster Leif Davis isn’t yet ready to be a regular starter – he has played just 31 minutes of Premier League football this season – so it makes perfect sense to replace Alioski with a similarly established left-back such as Tagliafico.
In other news, a pundit has been talking up Leeds’ possible move for an experienced international player this summer. Read more here.
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