Leeds United transfer news and headlines - as it happened: Diego Llorente out of Spain squad ahead of Euros, Whites 'boosted' in pursuit of full-back
Leeds United are set for a very busy summer both on and off the field - we'll have all the news as it happens on our daily live blog below throughout.
Today the summer transfer window officially opens, while at international level teams continue to prepare for the delayed Euros.
Leeds are enjoying a quiet start to the break but will be hoping to dip their toes into the market sooner rather than later.
We know Victor Orta is eyeing up the acquisition of a left-back while fans who voted in the YEP end of season survey lso want to see a central midfielder arrive to boost Marcelo Bielsa's options.
Keep up to date with all the day's key news and headlines below from LS11 and the Premier League as they happen:
Leeds United news and key headlines - LIVE (June 9)
Last updated: Wednesday, 09 June, 2021, 16:21
- Our live blog brings you all the latest news from Elland Road throughout the day
Welcome to today’s LIVE blog - we’ll have all the latest news, transfer chatter and key headlines from Elland Road right here as they happen.
Here are today’s latest transfer rumours
Leeds United’s hopes of signing Ajax man Nicolas Tagliafico look to have improved, with the Dutch side believed to be willing to accept just over £10m for the Argentina international. He did the double with his side last season. (De Telegraaf)
Former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is on the verge of being appointed Crystal Palace manager. (Telegraph)
Atletico Madrid have offered Spain midfielder Saul Niguez, 26, to Manchester City in exchange for Portugal forward Bernardo Silva, also 26. (Times)
Liverpool have made a £25.8m bid for Roma captain and Italy midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, 24, to replace 30-year-old Dutch international Georginio Wijnaldum. (Corriere dello Sport)
Aston Villa, who are looking to bolster their attack, are weighing up a deal for Norway international Joshua King, 29, after the forward was released by Everton. But Norwich and Celtic are also interested in the player. (VG)
You can read the full roundup here
Whites fans backing club for success
Leeds United supporters are backing the Elland Road club to build on their impressive Premier League success.
The Whites enjoyed a stellar debut campaign in the top flight after ending a 16-year exile from England’s elite last summer.
Head coach Marcelo Bielsa guided his charges to a ninth-placed finish in the Premier League at the first time of asking and is now looking to answer questions over any dreaded second season syndrome.
Many onlookers outside of West Yorkshire have asked whether the club can back up their stunning performance in the 2020/21 campaign again next term.
In the Yorkshire Evening Post’s end of season survey among readers, 54.3 per cent of fans said they were cautiously optimistic for the future while 42.8 per cent admitted to being very optimistic about what can be achieved next year.
Read the full story here
Heartbreaking news for Diego Llorente
Leeds United’s Diego Llorente has been forced to leave Spain’s Euro 2020 camp after returning a positive Covid-19 test.
The Whites centre-half is the second of Luis Enrique’s Spain players to test positive ahead of the tournament, following captain Sergio Busquets.
A statement from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed he had left their Las Rozas camp.
“The RFEF regrets to announce that central defender Diego Llorente has tested positive in the latest PCR tests carried out this morning at the national team base at Las Rozas,” said a spokesperson.
“The footballer will leave tonight the concentration of the national team in a medicalised vehicle, following all the established health protocols.”
Read the full story here
The transfer window is officially open
I know we’re all in Euro 2020 fever... but just a reminder that the Premier League’s transfer window officially opened this morning (June 9).
Interestingly, however, many of Europe’s other top markets, including La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesliga, and Ligue 1, are set to open on July 1.