Real Sociedad have confirmed on their official Twitter page that Leeds United have agreed a fee with the La Liga side to sign defender Diego Llorente this summer – and Sociedad fans are seemingly happy to see him go.
Llorente, 27, has entered the final two years of his Sociedad contract and it now appears the Spain international is set to move to England. Reports from Spain initially confirmed English outlets claiming a fee had been agreed.
Spanish outlet and local Real Sociedad newspaper Noticias De Gipuzkoa have claimed that Leeds have agreed a fee believed to exceed £18.5million. It makes Llorente Leeds’ third most-expensive signing in their history.
The Whites may have been prompted into strengthening their defence after conceding seven goals in their opening two Premier League matches against Liverpool and Fulham. Sociedad confirmed the agreement on Twitter.
ℹ️ OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: #RealSociedad and @LUFC have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of @diego_2llorente. Eskerrik asko, thank you! We wish you the best of luck in this new stage of your career, Diego!#AurreraReala pic.twitter.com/hnJvxcXQcN
— Real Sociedad (@RealSociedadEN) September 22, 2020
Gaetano Berardi is injured and out of contract while Ben White has returned to Premier League rivals Brighton and the duo needed replacing. Now, Leeds have plenty of options – with Llorente and Robin Koch – in central defence.
Sociedad fans have reacted on Twitter to the news that Llorente is set to join Leeds, subject to a medical and personal terms. Many are seemingly happy to see him go, but they wished Llorente the best ahead of his departure.
To leeds fans, he was pretty terrible over the last season or two but he has a high ceiling and could be better fitted for the PL. That being said, we needed a change at the back, maybe changing clubs ends up being good for him
— Isu (@IgTuriel) September 22, 2020
I enjoyed him a little bit the first season. However, from then on he began to play very badly and make many defensive mistakes.
— Oyarzabal 🙄 (@Alvariikoutxx) September 22, 2020
— Nachoo👌 (@IgnacioRe20) September 22, 2020
Leeds fans must be amazed with our happy comments about Llorente's signing. 😂
— @navaridas (@navaridas) September 22, 2020
From what I have been able to see at Real Sociedad, then at Leeds he might become a good center back
— Aarón🇮🇨 (@AaronQuevedo12) September 22, 2020
He needed to change to another club. If he feels comfortable is a very good player and suits better in the PL than in La Liga. Moreover, 20M for a CB its a great deal, and I hope it will by worthy to you. Good luck.
— Eñaut (@EnautZubi) September 22, 2020