Hadi Sacko’s future at Leeds United has clearly been in doubt throughout the summer. Now it seems the Mali international has his next destination.
The news was first reported by Denizli Gazetesi earlier this week. They claimed Turkish Super Lig club Denizlispor were pursuing his potential transfer.
Now, as reported by Turkish source Hurriyet, it seems that deal is going to happen. The report claims that the 25-year-old will join the club this summer, with ‘contracts expected to be signed by the end of the week.’ The report does not confirm whether it is a permanent or loan move.
The news will obviously come as no surprise to Leeds fans.
Sacko spent last season out on loan from Elland Road. An initial loan spell with Las Palmas was unsuccessful. However, a stint with Turkish outfit Ankaragucu proved more fruitful. It appears his time in the Turkish Super Lig caught the eye as Denizilspor have now swooped.
The Mali winger first joined Leeds on loan from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2016. The French-born attacker had an excellent first season under Garry Monk. With that in mind, Leeds swooped and made the deal permanent.
Sacko became Andrea Radrizzani’s first permanent signing as Leeds chairman in June 2017. As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, he cost Leeds a fee in the region of £1.5 million.
But Sacko failed to find the same form as a permanent feature at Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa quickly decided he was not part of his plans going forward.
Leeds fans will wish Sacko all the best if this deal goes ahead. They will also hope that Leeds can use the cleared wages to continue their recent recruitment surge.