Jerry Mbakogu to Leeds United continues to rumble on in Italy.
Last week we covered claims from Italy of Leeds United asking for a discount on the player, concerned about his knee injury towards the end of last season. A fee of €3.5m was said to have been agreed previously.
Then we brought a different Italian claim which stated Marcelo Bielsa was the one holding back the deal. Leeds United’s new manager was said to be ‘reflecting’ on the potential signing and wondering if he could use the striker well.
Now Gazzetta di Modena suggest it’s the amount of discount which is proving a problem. It’s stated ‘the figure that goes beyond €1m is the major obstacle’.
It doesn’t seem unreasonable for Leeds to give it a go, if they feel they can get Mbakogu for a couple of million Euros then it may not be such a bad idea.
The striker is very highly rated at Carpi and in the Italian media which covers Serie B, and given he’s 25 years of age there’s a good chance Leeds could make a profit down the road.
Bielsa may not immediately be linked with having a big target man in his system, but Fernando Llorente was very much that under the manager at Athletic Club Bilbao.
Oh no, we’ve probably encouraged a Llorente to Leeds United article there, if that hasn’t happened already.