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Report: Leeds United want Aston Villa star James Chester to fill Pontus Jansson void

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Report: Leeds United want Aston Villa star James Chester to fill Pontus Jansson void

The central defender is way down the pecking order at Villa Park and could move on this summer.

Aston Villa star James Chester is being lined-up by Leeds United as a replacement for the departed Pontus Jansson.

According to the Daily Star, boss Marcelo Bielsa is keen to sign the centre-back, who could cost £7.5 million.

Leeds were beaten in the play-off semi-finals last season and in order to go better this season, the departed Swede must be replaced.

Chester is Villa’s club captain but the arrival of four new central defenders has placed him down the pecking order at Villa Park.

Last season he played 28 games in the league. He did, however, miss the club’s promotion run-in due to a knee injury.

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Leeds have landed Brighton youngster Ben White this summer; although another defensive reinforcement is seemingly an immediate priority.

Jansson joined Brentford for £5.5 million earlier in the summer; leaving White and Liam Cooper as the only natural senior central defenders at the club.

Chester signed for Villa from West Brom four years ago for £8 million, according to the Daily Star.

 

TBR Verdict

Chester would be a great signing for Leeds but is he worth £7.5 million?

The tough-tackling centre-back is out of contract next summer when Leeds could pick him up for free.

He seems unlikely to play at Villa Park and Dean Smith’s valuation is somewhat over the top.

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The 30-year-old would enhance Leeds’ promotion aspects, however.

Bielsa only has Liam Cooper and the unproven Ben White to choose from at the back and his defensive conundrum could be solved by Chester.

He knows how to defend and would instantly improve the Leeds squad.

The fee being reported does seem high but then the promotion chase is set to be desperately competitive again.

Leeds landing Chester would see them gain an advantage on their rivals by landing one of the best defenders in the league.

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