Leeds United have reportedly been offered Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara, with his representatives coming to England next week for discussions with the Elland Road side, according to Italian outlet Il Messaggero.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites are said to be interested in the 23-year-old, but could face competition from numerous Premier League sides including Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and Newcastle United.
Diawara has just completed his maiden season in the Italian capital following his switch from Napoli last summer, making 30 senior appearances in all competitions including 22 in Serie A.
Prior to his switch to Roma for a reported £18.9million, Diawara had made 74 appearances for Napoli, and has also played for Bologna and San Marino Calcio, as well as winning 10 caps for Guinea.
According to Il Messaggero, Roma need to sell before bringing in reinforcements in midfield, and with that in mind, some intermediaries have offered Diawara to Leeds, who have shown interest but made no official approach.
The publication then claims that Diawara’s representatives will fly to England next week to see whether this interest could turn into something more concrete.
According to Corriere dello Sport, who linked Diawara with Arsenal in July, claimed that the Giallorossi were looking at 30m euro (around £27million) for their player.
With Leeds back in the Premier League for the first time in 16 years, the next job for Bielsa, Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani is to bolster the ranks so the Whites have a team that has the quality and strength in depth to compete at the top level.
While Kalvin Phillips has been a success as a defensive midfielder, there’s always room for cover, and Diawara is superb at protecting the back four, thanks to his impressive positioning and anticipation, enabling him to win back possession.