It’s been revealed by Phil Hay that Michael Cuisance failed his Leeds United medical because of an issue with his foot.
Leeds’ reported deal to bring Cuisance to Elland Road fell through last night, with the midfielder’s medical cited as the reason.
It’s now been revealed that it was an issue with the Frenchman’s foot that resulted in Leeds pulling the plug on the deal.
Cuisance looked set for a £20m move to Elland Road at the midpoint of the week, but last night his move from Bayern Munich fell through.
It’s been reported by Phil Hay in an article for The Athletic that the reason for that was the 21-year-old’s medical.
With a fee and personal terms agreed, Leeds were on the cusp of the signing, but a report from The Athletic explained the red flags that cropped up.
They started putting together promotional material for his unveiling but the move came to a shuddering halt when scans turned up an issue with one of Cuisance’s feet. Leeds performed further assessments and weighed up the risk. After mulling the results over and taking advice from head of medicine Rob Price, they pulled out of the transfer.
With Cuisance now not coming to Leeds, attention will turn to other targets.
It isn’t clear the direction Leeds will take.
It’s not often you see a transfer fall through because of a medical, but that’s been the case here.
Leeds were laying out a lot of money to sign Cuisance and given the length of his contract (five years), it was going to be even more expensive.
Everything had to align and it appears this issue with the midfielder’s foot was too problematic to overlook.
It’s frustrating at this stage of the window, but Leeds have to be savvy still.
There would have been no point recruiting Cuisance and him picking up a long-term injury. That would’ve been more frustrating than the deal falling through in the first place.