Leeds United transfer rumours: Gjanni Alioski 'set to join' European club, Whites urged to sign former Sunderland star
Leeds United’s reported search for a left-back this summer is again doing the rounds across the web.
And according to Football Insider, Gjanni Alioksi has agreed a pre-contract with Turkish giants Galatasaray ahead of joining at the end of the season.
If reports are confirmed to be true, the North Macedonian international will depart Elland Road after four years.
During that time, Alioski has become a terrace favourite, playing a key part in returning the club to the Premier League.
The 29-year-old has held talks over an extension with Leeds but so far, an agreement is yet to be reached.
Director of football Victor Orta was thought to be in the market for a left-back this summer, regardless of Alioski’s situation.
A couple of names have been linked recently, including Stade Brest’s Romain Perraud and Werder Bremen’s Ludwig Augustinsson.
However, it is Crystal Palace’s Patrick van Aanholt that seems to be sticking the most as he enters the final few months of his contract.
The latest mention of van Aanholt to Elland Road comes from former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips, who is backing the Whites to pursue the Dutchman.
He said: “He’s showed he’s assured in a specialised position that he knows very well. We all know Leeds will be looking at that area this summer.
“He’s very good going forward which Bielsa will like. At times he gets caught out defensively but you can get away with that when you’re playing with Kalvin Phillips.
“That could be a signing that will go under the radar but prove to be a very good addition.”
Indeed, Bielsa has rotated between Stuart Dallas and Alioski this season. As per The Athletic, it is believed Orta is eyeing up to five signings in the close season.
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