Diego Llorente will cost Leeds United £20m, as the club close in on the defender’s signature.
Leeds have been keen to add a new centre-back to their squad even after Robin Koch’s arrival last month.
After missing out on Josko Gvardiol, they appear to be closing in on Llorente, with eye-watering fees quoted.
Victor Orta is in talks with Real Sociedad, as per The Athletic.
Leeds hope to bring Llorente to Elland Road ahead of the weekend. The fee for his signature is being quoted at £20m.
Llorente is 27 now and an experienced Spain international.
He’s made 187 senior appearances in his career, including 88 for Sociedad.
Should he arrive in Leeds as expected, Llorente will compete with Koch, Liam Cooper and Pascal Struijk for a place in the heart of defence.
After signing Koch earlier this summer, I don’t think many people expected a defensive signing of this calibre.
Llorente takes Leeds’ spending on their defence past £30m, then there’s the captain, Cooper, to think about.
When all settles down, if Llorente arrives, there’s going to be one unhappy senior centre-back playing second-fiddle.
However, if Marcelo Bielsa can juggle that, it’s great news.
We’ve always looked short at centre-back, but not anymore. The squad will have three internationals competing for two positions, plus the promising Struijk providing cover.
It’s hard to not be excited.