Leeds United transfer news: Turkish boss fires Hungarian Euros star warning, Chilean media link Whites with Blackburn's Copa America star
THE summer transfer window is into its third week and Leeds United are now being linked with a Blackburn Rovers star who is excelling for Chile in the Copa America.
Leeds United s 2021-22 Premier League campaign will begin with a clash against arch rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford in a lunch-time kick-off on Saturday, August 14.
The Whites will be looking to push on after last season's stellar ninth-placed finish upon their first season back in the country's top flight after a 16-year absence.
Leeds also have seven players representing the club at this summer's Euros and the YEP brings you all the latest Whites transfer news here as it happens at our daily live blog.
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Leeds United transfer news LIVE: June 24
Last updated: Thursday, 24 June, 2021, 15:16
- Transfer window open until 11pm on Tuesday, August 31
Turkish media Leeds United claims - and warning from Fenerbache boss over Euros star
Turkish journalist Talha Arslan has claimed that Whites head coach Marcelo Bielsa wants director of football Victor Orta to sign Blackburn Rovers forward Ben Brereton, Huesca left back Javi Galan and Fenerbache centre-back Attila Szalai.
That is a very bold claim although Arslan is a Fenerbache reporter which would go some way to explaining the Szalai claim.
Szalai, 23, has been part of the Hungary squad that were cruelly knocked out of the Euros last night and the six-foot-four defender played the full duration of the match against Germany which ended in a 2-2 draw.
He has been an ever-present for Hungary in the tournament and seems sure to be in demand this summer.
However, whether Leeds do actually have any interest or otherwise, Fenerbahce president Ali Koc has fired a warning to any sides looking to sign the defender.
He is quoted by Turkish broadcaster aSPOR as saying: “I wouldn’t even talk about under €20m for Attila Szalai.”
West Ham are another club who have been linked with a move but the Leeds links are odd with the club targeting a left back, midfielder and a winger as their first team priorities.
The Ben Brereton links:
Chilean outlet RedGol are claiming that Leeds have an interest in Blackburn Rovers forward and Chilean international Ben Brereton who is currently with Chile in the Copa America.
Brereton has chosen to play for Chile due to his mother’s Chilean heritage and RedGol claim Leeds have scouts keeping an eye on the 22-year-old who they say has been on Marcelo Bielsa’s radar since Leeds faced Rovers in the Championship.
Leeds play Blackburn in a pre-season friendly this summer and Brereton has been playing out wide for Rovers.