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Opinion: Rumoured €13million summer transfer move seemingly makes little sense for Leeds United

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While the season is not yet over, it seems as though Leeds United have already started planning for the summer transfer window.

With Marcelo Bielsa’s side certain of a Premier League place for next season, you can’t blame the club for wanting to plan ahead as they look to push further up the table next season.

Indeed, that is something the club already appear to be doing, with a number of names linked with Elland Road, and it look as though the club are already making moves to get certain deals done.

Recent reports from Italy have claimed that Leeds already have an offer ready for Sampdoria centre back Omar Colley.

The 28-year-old, is apparently valued at between €12-13million. Admittedly, that is a fee that Leeds’ Premier League status means they should be capable of paying, but you do have to wonder whether it is worth them doing that.

A plethora of options

While Colley’s performances since joining Sampdoria do suggest he would be a useful asset for Leeds if he moves to Elland Road, you wonder whether the Yorkshire club actually need the centre back to do that.

The fact of the matter if that right now, Leeds already have a number of solid options available to them in that particular position.

Having seemingly overcome the injury problems that blighted him during the first half of the season, Diego Llorente has been a revelation over the past couple of months with a string of excellent performances.

Indeed, the Spaniard is looking every bit the centre back Leeds hoped he would when he arrived last summer.

Another summer recruit, Robin Koch has also shown promise when fit, while Liam Cooper has also proven he can be a useful option at this level.

There is also Pascal Struijk, who has coped admirably when having to step in as cover, and at 21-year-old, he is only going to improve with experience.

Given all four of those have long-term contracts at Elland Road, Leeds are well stacked at centre back for the time being.

As a result, the addition of Colley may well create an unwelcome distraction, with too many players competing for too few places in the starting lineup.

Bigger priorities

Indeed, it is also worth noting that although Leeds have plenty of options at centre back, that is not the case in other positions.

Illan Meslier in goal, Kalvin Phillips in the centre of midfield and Patrick Bamford upfront could all benefit from cover and competition, while the left-back spot could be set for a significant overhaul, with Ezgjan Alioski’s contract expiring.

With that in mind, it does seem that the money would need to be spent to bring Colley to Elland Road, could be put to a more profitable use.

If they do that and have funds left to spare, then revisiting a deal for Colley once other business has been done could be something to look into.

But with so many others areas of the pitch in need of addressing more urgently, a move for the centre back, to begin the transfer window with, doesn’t really feel like a risk worth taking.

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UCLan Sports Journalism graduate. Have been working for Leeds All Over since summer 2020, and can only be found writing on Football League World.