Romain Perraud is a name Leeds United supporters have quickly become familiar with over the past few weeks, after The Athletic’s Phil Hay named him as a summer target – and now, the Frenchman has commented on his future.
Perraud, 23, has been in excellent form since joining Ligue 1 side Brest in the summer of 2019 – clocking up 51 appearances for the top-tier side. But this season, he has become a goal threat and that has seemingly enticed Leeds.
In 26 Ligue 1 matches, Perraud has netted three times – while also creating five assists, the same amount Raphinha has in the Premier League. Hay claimed in a piece on The Athletic that Leeds want to sign Perraud this summer.
His asking price remains to be seen, while other clubs from France are said to be keen. Marseille and Lyon are also said to be interested – and when asked about his future, Perraud opened the door for a summer move.
“It’s nice, that’s for sure,” Perraud told French website Made In Foot, when asked about interest in his services from the likes of Marseille and Lyon. “It means that the work I’m doing is recognised.
“But interests are interests, I know what it is in football and that means everything and nothing I don’t dwell on that too much, I have a contract with Brest, I’m fine here and then we’ll see what happens next.”
TBR’s view – Can Leeds tempt Perraud over Lyon and Marseille?
The advantage a club like Leeds have over French sides in Lyon and Marseille – other than being a Premier League club, widely considered the best league in the world – is financial power. French clubs are struggling in that area.
So, while Lyon and even Marseille might hand Perraud the chance to shine on the European stage, a move to Leeds might give him the financial benefit. The pull of Marcelo Bielsa, and the chance to play in England, will be tempting.
It remains to be seen if Perraud wants to stay in France, and how much he will cost.