Leeds United are on the verge of completing another signing from La Liga, with Real Sociedad’s Diego Llorente agreeing a move to Elland Road.
Marcelo Bielsa has been hot on the tails of a handful of players in recent weeks as he looks to complete his squad before the transfer deadline shuts.
So far, Leeds have bolstered their side at both ends of the pitch, with Rodrigo Moreno striving to add more firepower and Robin Koch plugging the gap at centre-back left by the departed Ben White.
However, Leeds seemingly want more in their defence as they look to buck the trend of seven-goal thrillers in their return to the Premier League.
Talks to sign Josko Gvardiol from Dinamo Zagreb looked to be running along smoothly until Champions League semi-finalists RB Leipzig entered the race and barged the Whites out of the running.
Meanwhile, Pascal Struijk’s performance at Anfield has given Marcelo Bielsa another defensive option, but the club seem intent on adding another name to give more strength in depth.
Almost out of nowhere, Leeds were reported to be edging towards agreeing a deal for Spanish international and Real Sociedad defender, Diego Llorente.
Towards the evening, the deal sped towards almost being concluded as his current club confirmed a deal had been struck with Leeds to see him move to Elland Road, pending a medical and other formalities.
Following that announcement, The Athletic’s Phil Hay delivered more details on the imminent deal, including how much the Whites are set to fork out plus where the money will be distributed, with Leeds set to spend £17m on the new man:
It’s tough to pass judgement on a player who we’ve had virtually no experience of watching play but it’s another Spain international coming through the doors so the signs are good.
He didn’t have the greatest of 2019/20 seasons but it’s hard to judge a player who features in a system that doesn’t suit him while he battled through injury issues, but it’s clear that a quality defender is there if nurtured well.
The question now is how Leeds filter him into the first team, and consequently, who misses out between Koch and skipper Liam Cooper.