With all the stories linking Leeds United to Nahitan Nández, it’s clear what type of player Marcelo Bielsa is looking for in his midfield.
He’s not necessarily searching for a creator, having a few of those further up the pitch, and some defensive ability is a must, perhaps to allow Kalvin Phillips to roam a little bit further forward.
As an alternative to the Uruguayan, it appears Teun Koopmeiners is also on the list, with De Telegraaf explaining that Leeds are among a list of teams who have ‘preyed’ on the Dutchman in ‘the recent past’.
The defensive midfielder is coming off a rather impressive season with AZ Alkmaar, one that saw him score 15 goals, as well as assist another five, in 31 Eredivisie games.
Leeds certainly aren’t the only ones, with Arsenal, Rennes, Atalanta, AS Roma and even Brighton also keeping an eye on the 23-year-old’s situation, but following the departure of Calvin Stengs for OGC Nice and Myron Boadu heading to AS Monaco, it’s clear ‘there is a resounding exodus’ currently underway at at the Dutch side and everyone has a price.
What Koopmeiners’ is isn’t said, but as captain and a contract keeping him at the club until 2023, the price might be a bit higher than the €15m Nice paid for the aforementioned winger.