Leeds United have recently been linked with a potential summer move for Metz striker Habib Diallo and recent comments from the club’s president can only give Leeds hope of signing the player.
As reported by Le Quotidien du Foot, the Senegalese frontman is on the radar of the West Yorkshire club ahead of the next transfer window should they win promotion to the Premier League.
That report suggested Metz could be interested in selling the player, should a team match his €20 million (£17.5m) valuation. A later report from LQDF suggested Leeds would be hoping to do a deal at €15 million (£13m).
Now, Metz president Bernard Serin has again made it clear that Diallo is set to be available this summer.
Speaking to DirectFM, he stated that the striker has a ‘release voucher’ to leave Metz this summer and find a new club.
“Habib knows it: he has a release voucher. Obviously, not under any conditions. This ties in with my previous comments on the ability of foreign championships to boost the transfer market. First, it will be delayed because if the championships resume late, the transfer window will be pushed back. It will also be necessary to push back the French transfer window which cannot be offset from the others. These are uncertainties. So we will see.”
Any move from Leeds United for the striker is likely to be contingent on the club’s promotion to the Premier League.
But given Patrick Bamford’s goal shyness this season and the fact Jean-Kevin Augustin is currently only on loan at the club from RB Leipzig, Leeds would be right to make a move for the player. Although, they are unlikely to be meeting that apparent £13 million price-tag.