Leeds United’s Laurens de Bock will become an Aris Thessaloniki player imminently, according to a report by SDNA.
The Greek media outlet claim a season-long loan deal will be announced at the beginning of next week after they reached what has been claimed a final agreement between the two sides.
There had been doubts about a move because of Aris’ Europa League campaign, but they managed to get overcome the challenge of AEL Limassol last Thursday.
Kristof Terreur appears to have had some more information on the deal though, as he has revealed that Aris will have an option to turn the loan deal into a permanent switch for €500,000 (£458k).
More #LUFC news: Laurens De Bock is on the verge of joining Aris Saloniki on loan according to @MichVergauwen from @hlnsport. There’s an option to buy him for €500.000. #superbock pic.twitter.com/MFRdheSTp9
— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) August 3, 2019
An exit for De Bock really does not come as a surprise as his career at Elland Road appears to have been over ever since Marcelo Bielsa took over the helm.
A report by Football Insider claimed Bielsa had no plans for the Belgian left-back and wanted him to leave Leeds permanently this summer, although it appears the Championship outfit have had to compromise with another temporary deal.
His career over the past few seasons has stalled badly, as he was hardly afforded the opportunities when he was in Yorkshire either. Having signed a four-and-a-half-year deal when he joined in January 2018 for a £1.5million transfer fee (The Sun), he featured in just seven Championship matches (Transfermarkt) for Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom.
It appears Leeds have had some good news in trying to offload De Bock this summer following Aris’ progression in the Europa League.
The 26-year-old has clearly become surplus to requirements at Elland Road and it would be fair to say things really never went to plan for him in Yorkshire.
Hopefully, for the Whites’ sake, he will perform to a standard and level in Greece that means Aris have no choice but to trigger the alleged clause they have in the deal to turn his move into a permanent stay.
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