Leeds United are reportedly interested in bringing QPR playmaker Luke Freeman to Elland Road this summer but it appears that bitter rivals Sheffield United have moved into pole position, which will frustrate Leeds fans no doubt.
London Football News claimed earlier this month that Leeds wanted 27-year-old Freeman, after the former Bristol City star shone against the Whites in a surprise 1-0 win at Loftus Road back in February.
Indeed, Freeman has caught the attention of Leeds and perhaps many other clubs after an excellent 2018-19 campaign, in which he scored nine goals and laid on eight assists – helping QPR avoid the drop.
However, Leeds could be set to miss out on Freeman, with newly-promoted Premier League side Sheffield United looking to lure Freeman away from London and to Bramall Lane this summer, according to The Sun.
The Blades have tabled an offer for the ex-Arsenal trainee, as Chris Wilder looks to add a bit of creativity to his side ahead of the Premier League campaign. It is believed to be in the region of £4million.
But at such a small price, Leeds will surely be gutted if Freeman signs on the dotted line at Sheffield United, given his creativity and eye for goal could be just what the Whites need in their push for promotion next season.
In Marcelo Bielsa’s 4-1-4-1 system, Matuesz Klich is considered a regular in one of the two central attacking midfield roles. But the position alongside Klich is up for grabs.
Last season, Tyler Roberts, Pablo Hernandez, Samu Saiz and Adam Forshaw all gave it a go, while Jamie Shackleton ended the campaign partnering Klich. Freeman would have been the perfect player for the role, though.
Losing out to the Blades will see Leeds miss out on the ideal candidate for that position, a player that could have provided the difference between play-offs and automatic promotion. At £4million, he is a real bargain.