Leeds United transfer news: Bielsa holds talks over record signing, Whites lead race for PL midfielder

Leeds United will be looking to round off a solid return to life in the Premier League when they face West Brom on Sunday.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 8:54 am
Elland Road. (Photo by NAOMI BAKER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The Whites are now guaranteed a top half finish following their 2-0 win over Southampton in midweek, and will be hoping to give supporters a show as they make a long-awaited return to Elland Road too following a considerable period of absence as a consequence of the Coronavirus pandemic.

For Marcelo Bielsa's men, there are plenty of reasons to be positive ahead of next season too – and not least the fact that record signing Rodrigo is starting to show the kind of form that convinced the club to swoop for him in the first place.

Speaking on the Official Leeds United podcast, teammate Patrick Bamford said: “The pass he played for my goal [at Southampton], you know technically he is so good.

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Newcastle United and Crystal Palace are plotting moves to sign Hull City forward Mallik Wilks. (Football Insider) (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

“His vision is so good. For me, it is a shame that I never really got to play with him constantly. He got Covid then he got injured and then got another injury.

“It took him a while to get in the team. That pass and the vision just showed it. He played another one where I probably should’ve squared it but shot from a tight angle.

“I’d love playing with him because he likes dropping short all the time and getting on the ball. I want to play with the best players. He’s obviously a Spanish international and you look forward to playing with the best.”

We’ve gathered the best of today’s Premier League transfer speculation below...

Tottenham Hotspur have narrowed down their list of managerial candidates to a four-man shortlist. The club are eyeing up Erik Ten Hag still features on a four-man shortlist for Spurs' new manager, with Roberto Martinez, Ralf Rangnick and Brighton boss Graham Potter also under consideration. (The Athletic) (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Tottenham are back in the mix for Dean Henderson after the goalkeeper lost his place in the Manchester United side. (Sky Sports) (Photo by Peter Powell - Pool/Getty Images)
Leeds United are set to battle West Ham for Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez. The player could cost £30 million this summer. (Corriere Dello Sport) (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)
Brentford, Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers-linked Ryan Gauld has over 30 offers on the table. (STV - Chris Harvey) (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)
Liverpool and Barcelona are interested in signing Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans. (Calcio Mercato) (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)
Arsenal have intensified their pursuit of Emiliano Buendia as they look to replace Martin Odegaard, who is set to return to Real Madrid this summer. (Goal) (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Marcelo Bielsa made contact with Matheus Cunha in January with Leeds United needing to pay a club-record transfer fee to bring the Hertha Berlin forward to the Premier League. (Kicker) (Photo by SOEREN STACHE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Leicester are closing on a £20million deal for Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare as they look to add at least three new signings. (Daily Mail) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
Leeds United and Aston Villa are among the favourites to sign West Brom's Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher this summer. (SkyBet) (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)