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Leeds United round-up: Cellino wants Antonsson, Clare targeted and Bielsa work permit update

All the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

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Cellino raid

A new team has entered the mix for Leeds United striker Marcus Antonsson, but it is a familiar face involved.

The Swedish star has struggled to settle at Elland Road and spent last season on loan at Blackburn Rovers.

He is consistently being linked with a move away this summer, as teams in his native Sweden appear to be keen.

Now Brescia are said to be keen on the player. The Italian Serie B side are currently owned by Massimo Cellino, the former controversial chairman of Leeds United.

He was in charge when Antonsson arrived in West Yorkshire and, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, has not forgotten him.

(during the Sky Bet League One match between A.F.C. Wimbledon and Gillingham at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on September 12, 2017 in Kingston upon Thames, England.

Clare wanted

Leeds United are one of a number of clubs in the hunt for Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sean Clare. According to TEAMtalk, the West Yorkshire side join the likes of Everton and Wolves in the hunt for the player. Aston Villa have been the frontrunners for his signature, but are no longer in the running for the player.

Clare has refused a new deal at Hillsborough, where he impressed in the second half of last season.

Leeds are now hopeful of bringing him to Elland Road for a minimal compensation fee.

Balague on Bielsa

The latest on Marcelo Bielsa now. Yesterday saw reports in Argentina suggest the deal was done and his work permit was in.

That was clearly not the case. Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has now made it clear that no deal is yet done.

He says a work permit is yet to be approved and that will only happen after he has signed on the dotted line.

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After shackling Lewandowski and co Moussa Wague should be on Leeds United’s radar

Leeds United have a good relationship with Wague’s current club KAS Eupen.

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Senegal picked up a massive win at the World Cup yesterday, defeating Poland 2-1. An own goal from Thiago Cionek and a finish from Mbaye Niang proved enough for the Lions of Teranga to take all three points.

As is customary at a World Cup, a few relative unknowns also shone in the game. Winger Ismaila Sarr caught the eye with his impressive pace but the standout performer was defender Moussa Wague.

The right-back, who can also play on the left, was imperious at the back. He nullified the threat from Poland’s left-hand side and, when tasked with stopping a drifting Robert Lewandowski, he did so with relative ease. Considering the KAS Eupen full-back is only 19-years-old, it was an excellent performance on the biggest stage.

It is also a performance that should have Leeds United interested.

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Leeds need to strengthen their defensive position this summer. At both full-back and centre-back they have looked weak for the past 12 months and new recruits are needed. Wague, who looked more than capable of also operating at centre-back, could be exactly what Leeds need.

The West Yorkshire side would also have an advantage if they did try and sign the teenage star. Wague came through the ranks at the Aspire Academy, who Leeds have a link with via director of football Victor Orta and director Ivan Bravo.

Wague is currently with Belgian side Eupen, who like Spanish outfit Cultural Leonesa, is a sister club of Leeds through the Aspire link.

Leeds, therefore, have a perfect opportunity to use their links to bring in one of the most exciting defensive talents from the World Cup so far.

Hopefully, they put this idea into practice.

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Leeds United round-up: Denton wanted by Cellino, Cabit wanted and Ekuban future

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Cellino wants Denton

Massimo Cellino may now complete a double raid of his old cub this summer, according to reports. The controversial former Leeds chairman is now the owner of Serie B side Brescia. They are closing in on the signature of underused Swedish strike Marcus Antonsson, who is believed to be on his way out of the club.

Now, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Cellino wants 22-year-old Leeds left-back Tyler Denton at Brescia.

The deal would reportedly be a loan move, with the view to making it permanent after one season.

Denton has failed to progress into a full-time regular at Elland Road.

(Photo credit should read PASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Force of Cabit

The Daily Mirror (liveblog, 19/06/18, 13:48) is reporting that Marcelo Bielsa has his first target as Leeds United manager. The player in question is AC Ajaccio left-back Manuel Cabit.

The 25-year-old is out of contract this summer and Leeds are said to be battling with three French sides for his signature.

Leeds need to bring in a new left-back this summer, with it a problem area throughout last season for the club.

Ekuban to go

Leeds could let Caleb Ekuban leave this summer. A report from Ghana Soccernet has confirmed the player is not in Marcelo Bielsa’s plans for next season and could be let go.

The Italian striker joined last summer from Chievo after an impressive season on loan in Albanian football.

However, he has struggled to find any form in West Yorkshire and could now depart.

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Pontus Jansson performance shows Leeds United need to give him the right partner

Leeds United must bring in a suitable centre-back partner this summer.

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Leeds United fans were left thoroughly pleased with the performance of their folk hero Pontus Jansson in the World Cup yesterday. Hauled into the starting XI at the last minute after Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof fell ill he was imperious at the back for the Swedes.

He dominated in the air, looked comfortable on the ball and made some crucial tackles and interceptions throughout.

For Leeds fans it was something of a throwback to the 2017 Pontus Jansson that they had grown to love. The Swedish defender was the standout performer in the Championship in the defensive positions that season.

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But last campaign he struggled. Jansson, burdened by responsibility, often found himself putting in sub-par performances.

What the Sweden game proved is what many already knew, for Jansson to thrive he needs the right defensive partner.

When he thrived for Leeds he had Kyle Bartley alongside him. A ball-playing centre-half with a calming influence. Yesterday, for Sweden, he played alongside Andreas Granqvist, very similar in style to Bartley.

It leaves the Leeds man free to do what he does best. Cut out passes, go win headers, make crunching tackles. Basically, play like the old school defender he is.

Last season at Leeds he did not have a regular partner and if Leeds want him to get back to his best on a club level Victor Orta and co must bring in a suitable team-mate to let him do just that.

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