Leeds United closing in on Polish midfielder Mateusz Klich

Leeds United are pushing to finalise a deal for FC Twente midfielder Mateusz Klich as both clubs prepare for the start of pre-season training.

Thursday, 22nd June 2017, 4:05 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:47 am
New Leeds United head coach, Thomas Christiansen. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Leeds appear to be closing in on Klich’s signature and look set to meet Twente’s valuation, clearing the way for the Poland international to become their first new signing of the summer transfer window.

Klich is high on United’s list of targets and the Elland Road club are attempting to seal a number of deals following the appointment of Thomas Christiansen as their new head last week.

The former Wolfsburg player - a creative midfielder capped 10 times by Poland - is 12 months into a three-year deal at Twente but he is expected to leave the Dutch side amid mounting interest in him.

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Klich was a regular in Twente’s starting line-up last season, helping them finish seventh in the Eredivisie table and chipping in with eight goals and six assists.

His representatives, SEG, declined to comment on his future when contacted by the YEP but sources at Leeds confirmed that Klich was firmly on their radar following Christiansen’s arrival.

The 27-year-old is expected to command a seven-figure fee in the region of £1.5m.

United face competition from other European clubs, alerted to Klich by his strong season in Holland, but the Elland Road club hope to force the transfer through.

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Twente’s players have been undergoing physical tests today and are scheduled to start training ahead of the new Dutch season on Saturday morning.

Leeds will start work under Christiansen and his new backroom team at Thorp Arch on Monday, beginning the countdown to their first game of the Championship season on August 6.

The recruitment of Christiansen led to an immediate overhaul of the coaching staff at United, with Julio Banuelos joining as assistant boss and Marcos Abad replacing Darryl Flahavan as goalkeeping coach.

Ivan Torres will oversea the squad’s fitness work having been appointed in place of Sean Rush as Leeds’ head of physical performance. Rush, who came to Elland Road while Uwe Rosler was head coach in 2015, has moved with Garry Monk to Middlesbrough.

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United have so far finalised one transfer in this window, converting Hadi Sacko loan from Sporting Lisbon into a permanent deal, and Pontus Jansson will also take up a full-time deal on July 1.

Klich, however, would mark the start of the influx of fresh arrivals planned at Leeds this summer. The midfielder played for Kaiserslautern before joining Twente last August.