Leeds United have set their sights on strengthening their midfield this window, with Fiorentina’s Erick Pulgar the latest target.
One of the key strengths of the Whites since Marcelo Bielsa has joined has been the quality coming from the midfield both defensively and in the final third.
With Kalvin Phillips the pivot at the base of midfield while Mateusz Klich and Pablo Hernandez orchestrate higher up, Bielsa looks to have moulded a midfield capable of steering Leeds away from the bottom three in the Premier League.
However, one lingering doubt is whether these mainstays can remain fit for the full season, so squad depth is something that needs addressing.
Leeds have already added to their side at both ends of the pitch with Robin Koch and Rodrigo Moreno but their next focus is to add a midfielder into the mix.
The latest player to be strongly linked with a move to Elland Road is Fiorentina’s versatile Chilean midfielder Erick Pulgar.
La Nazione reported that the Whites had initially tabled a £10million bid for the Fiorentina man, with the Serie A outfit swiftly rejecting it.
However, Leeds appear to be stepping up their interest in Pulgar, with La Nazione now reporting in their Monday newspaper that a second bid of around €15million is being prepared and has a chance of being successful.
The Italian outfit still regard Pulgar as a crucial part of their team so it might take some convincing for Leeds to see them part with him.
It’s yet to be seen how far Leeds will push for Rodrigo De Paul from Udinese but I’d be surprised if Leeds went for one rather than the other.
De Paul is a more advanced player than Pulgar and while Pulgar has played a bit higher up this season (as seven goals and six assists shows), he would be more suited to the role occupied by Klich and Forshaw over the past two seasons.
At €15million, it looks a solid deal that would definitely enhance Leeds’ squad in the league and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Fiorentina accept.