Leeds United failed in their attempt to complete a double deal for Inter Milan’s Facundo Colidio and Ryan Nolan on Deadline Day, according to a report by FC Inter News.
In regards to the Argentine striker, it is explained that the Whites had felt the €6m (£5.5m) wanted for the South American was ‘excessive’.
Nolan’s deal was thought to be on the cards until he learnt Leeds’ plans to send him out on loan to Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock – a move the defender appeared to be against.
Failing to get this double deal across the line could come back to bite Marcelo Bielsa’s side this season, as both players appear to have qualities that may have benefitted Leeds as the campaign went on.
Pundit Arena noted that Nolan is the type of player that could fit into the Argentine’s system at Elland Road because of his ability to play with the ball at his feet and can play comfortably from out the back.
Although the plan that Leeds allegedly had for the former Republic of Ireland Under-18 international may not have been a bad one, perhaps, there was always a place for him in Yorkshire.
The Whites are arguably lacking defensive options as well, with just Liam Cooper, Gaetano Berardi and Ben White arguably the only senior members of the squad that can be called upon (Transfermarkt).
The failure to land Colidio may have been softened by the arrival of Eddie Nketiah from Arsenal on loan, however the fact that Leeds felt the requested £5.5m fee for him was excessive might be something that is difficult to comprehend.
In 2018, he earned a glowing scout report from World Football Scouting as they compared him to Gonzalo Higuain and, albeit in youth football, he showed he had a natural goalscoring instinct as he managed to score five goals in five matches in Inter Milan’s Europa League Youth campaign (Transfermarkt).
As mentioned, the Gunners’ attacker is only at the club on a temporary basis, as is Helder Costa from Wolverhampton Wanderers – although that deal will be turned into a permanent stay next summer (club’s official website).
However, having received an alleged £7m for Kemar Roofe following his departure to Anderlecht, plus the money received following other departures such as Pontus Jansson and Bailey Peacock-Farrell, it would be difficult to think the money was not there to be spent.
Leeds will be hoping their failure to land Colidio and Nolan does not come back to haunt them as the season goes by as there would have to be an argument that both individuals may have been able to offer Bielsa’s side something moving forward.
Whether the Whites look to revisit a potential double swoop in January remains to be seen, but they will have to rely on the squad they currently have for the next few months at least to put them in a position to be challenging for Premier League football.
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