Leeds United’s search for another midfielder has now stretched to more than a year. Last summer, the Whites desperately tried to bring Rodrigo De Paul to the club but failed – and Michael Cuisance failed a medical at Elland Road ahead of a move.
Cuisance has since struggled at Marseille while De Paul’s asking price remains very high in the region of £35million – and bigger clubs are being linked, including Liverpool, Juventus and Inter Milan. Leeds have been forced to make do in midfield.
Stuart Dallas started the season at left-back but has been ushered into midfield to replace the out-of-form Mateusz Klich, while Tyler Roberts and Rodrigo – who are naturally strikers – have been moulded into attacking midfielders alongside Dallas.
Leeds need another midfielder, especially with Pablo Hernandez’s future in doubt ahead of the summer. With Arsenal reportedly willing to ‘listen to offers’ for 25-year-old Lucas Torreira, Leeds have got to make a move as soon as possible.
ESPN claim Arsenal are ready to let the Uruguay international in the summer on a permanent basis for just £15million, as he continues to struggle to get regular game time on loan at Atletico Madrid. He has started just five of his 22 outings.
But what Torreira offers is two areas in which Leeds need cover. Firstly, he is naturally a box-to-box midfielder that is combative, tenacious and technically gifted but also chipping in with the odd goal – but also as cover for Kalvin Phillips.
Leeds have got to hand Torreira the chance to remain in English football and at a bargain £15million, lure him north to Yorkshire in the coming months. Time will tell if Torreira wants to remain in England.