Leeds United transfer news: Bielsa personally backs drive to land £22m talent, Bid prepared for midfielder

Sunday was an emotional day for Leeds United.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 7:32 am
Elland Road. (Photo by JASON CAIRNDUFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Not only did the Whites welcome fans back to Elland Road, but they also bid farewell to two of the club’s most well-loved veterans in the form of Gaetano Berardi and Pablo Hernandez.

The duo will leave Marcelo Bielsa’s squad now that the season is over, and both were given a barrage of heartfelt tributes by fans and teammates alike.

Reflecting on Sunday, Berardi said: "It was very emotional from early in the morning.

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AFC Bournemouth are fielding intensifying interest in star man, Arnaut Danjuma. Everton, Wolves, West Ham United, Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton are all keen. (Football League World) (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

"When I woke up I started to think about the day and it was very emotional.

"One friend told me recently, that your experience is like a difficult book to read... but when you finish it, you have good memories of this book and it was a really nice book to read.

"I was thinking about the lads who give me everything every single day. The club, this man [Victor Orta], everyone at the club helped me every single day with everything.

"I faced some difficult moments and they were ready for me and to help. I was thinking about that. I couldn't talk with the guys [before the game] because I was very emotional.

Ex-Newcastle United striker Salomon Rondon is lining up a move back to the Premier League this summer – and the striker himself has also talked up a return to the ‘best league in the world’. (Sky Sports) (Photo by Miguel Gutierrez - Pool/Getty Images)

"Living with these feelings and these memories is the best feeling I could have.

"It was incredible to have the fans back at the stadium. We missed this. I hope next season the guys can enjoy it more."

Asked to sum up his Whites career in five words as a final send off, Berardi smiled: "It was a crazy experience."

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

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce is likely to blow his entire summer transfer budget on one star signing. (Football Insider) (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)
Stoke City are reported to have turned down a big money bid from Burnley for Nathan Collins. (TalkSPORT) (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
Arsenal winger Willian is believed to be eyeing a return to Chelsea, less than a year after leaving them to join the Gunners. The Brazil international failed to impress in north London last season, scoring just one league goal. (Sky Sports) (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Liverpool are set to complete their first transfer of the summer, as they ready a £35m offer for RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate. The offer will be accepted, as it meets the player's minimum release clause. (Telegraph) (Photo by Cathrin Mueller/Getty Images)
Leeds United have decided to move for Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez this summer, with the Italian club willing to lower their initial asking price. (Calcio Mercato) (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)
Crystal Palace are believed to have slapped a £40m price tag on star man Wilfried Zaha, as Spurs and Everton prepare to do battle for the Ivory Coast international. He's got two years left on his current Eagles deal. (Daily Mail) (Photo by John Walton - Pool/Getty Images)
Reports from Belgium have claimed that Leeds United are keen on signing Ajax forward Noa Lang, who has scored 17 goals on loan with Club Brugge this season. The report claims Bielsa has a "soft spot" for the £22m-rated ace. (Sport Witness) (Photo by BRUNO FAHY/Belga/AFP via Getty Images)