Leeds United transfer rumours: Victor Orta monitors £62m-rated Argentine star, Whites tipped to seal £13m deal

The international break allowed Leeds United to get a well-deserved rest at the weekend but transfer speculation remained relentless as ever ahead of the summer transfer window.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 8:12 am
Elland Road, the home of Leeds United Football Club. (Photo by NAOMI BAKER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Whites director of football Victor Orta is planning for a busy off-season at Elland Road after drawing up a list of potential targets.

New names continue to pop up in the transfer rumour mill – including Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos.

According to Football Insider, Leeds are keeping tabs on the former Marseille star following an impressive season in La Liga.

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Burnley have made an approach to sign West Bromwich Albion youngster Harry Williams after the 18-year-old defender was told he will be released at the end of the campaign. (Football Insider)

Ocampos, an Argentina international, worked with Marcelo Bielsa during his time in France, where he described the 65-year-old as “unique”.

Speaking to TyC Sports about Bielsa, Ocampos said: “It was unique to be managed by Marcelo Bielsa. Even if I had not got to know him, he has received a lot of positive comments.

"One day, his assistant called me to speak to Marcelo. We chatted and that was that. I grabbed my things and left for Marseille."

The 26-year-old’s contract is said to contain a £62million release clause but the Spanish club are prepared to offload him for far cheaper due to financial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Henan Jianye manager Javier Pereira, who was assistant to Slavisa Jokanovic at Watford and Fulham, is interested in the vacant managerial role at Sheffield United. He has a reputation for being a top class coach. (TEAMTalk)

If Leeds’ interest is genuine, it is likely they’ll face competition from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Meanwhile, the signing of Crystal Palace full-back Patrick van Aanholt would take Leeds to the next level.

That’s according to former England defender Danny Mills as he talks up the Whites’ apparent interest in the full-back.

The Dutchman is out-of-contract at Selhurst Park this summer and was touted as a possible target by the Daily Mirror earlier this month.

Liverpool are lining up a £15million bid for Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir, who is viewed as the perfect replacement for Adrian ahead of his contract expiring at the end of the season. (Salbah via Daily Express)

Mills said: “I think he’s a good player. He’s got an awful lot of quality to offer. He’s somebody with experience, he’s been in the Premier League now for some time.

“Someone with experience that comes in and do a really good job. He’s an international.

“He adds more quality and maybe that’s the sort of signing that takes Leeds to the next level.”

Here are the latest transfer headlines from around the Premier League, including much more on Leeds:

Newcastle United are plotting an £8million move for Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer this summer, however their chances of signing the Norwegian will depend on whether or not they retain their Premier League status. (Daily Mail)
Newcastle have once again been credited with interest in Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic as RB Leipzig weigh up a move for the Austrian. The 23-year-old has scored 13 goals in the Bundesliga this term. (Sport Bild)
Leeds United are keeping tabs on Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos. The 26-year-old has a £62million release clause, though the La Liga club will consider far lower offers following the financial effects on Covid-19. (Football Insider)
The signing of Crystal Palace left-back Patrick van Aanholt on a free transfer this summer would take Leeds “to the next level”, according to former England defender Danny Mills amid reports linking him to Elland Road. (Football Insider)
Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips believes Leeds would find it difficult to turn down an offer between £10million and £13million for Helder Costa. (Football Insider)
Leeds United were among the Premier League clubs interested in Albania defender Marash Kumbulla last summer before he opted to stay in Italy with Roma. He revealed: “It was some approach from Premier League teams, it is true.” (Daily Telegraph)