Last Friday, we had an update regarding Leeds United’s supposed interest in Toulouse’s young midfielder Kouadio Konè.
The 19-year-old has shown a lot of promise in his performances for the Ligue 2 side, to the extent where the Elland Road scouts as well as those of Milan have pricked their ears.
The news originally came from RMC Sport in France back in September, and it’s carried on until now courtesy of Calciomercato.
The website claimed on Friday that Leeds had ‘already had contact’ with Toulouse regarding a potential move for Konè, but that Milan were also in the mix, having had ‘the opportunity to speak with the agents’ of the player, for whom the Ligue 2 club wanted €10m.
That’s continued on Monday evening, with the same website reporting the Serie A side have now tried to ‘understand the margins to get him’, thus ‘opening the negotiations with the French side’.
However, it’s not won yet, because the price has apparently gone up over the weekend, with Toulouse now wanting ‘close to €15m’.
Why that is is also explained, as the French team are ‘taking advantage of the interest shown in their talent by other European teams, including Leeds, coached by Marcelo Bielsa’.
Milan aren’t put off by this, though, with it being said they are ‘intent on proving themselves concretely in this transfer window’.
That means Leeds will have to really act quickly if they don’t want to lose out on Konè.