Italian website CalcioMercato have claimed that Leeds United are ready to table a fee of £22.25million to sign Fiorentina midfielder Erick Pulgar this month – which would make him the club’s third most-expensive transfer ever.
Pulgar, 27, has been strongly linked with a move to Leeds this season – following his stunning campaign with La Viola last season in which he had a hand in 15 goals, scoring seven and creating eight more.
He did that in 41 appearances, but this season he is yet to score or create a goal in 16 games – dropping out of the starting XI. Certainly, the 24-time Chile international has become more expendable than previously before.
Fiorentina-based newspaper La Nazione has stated that Marcelo Bielsa wants Pulgar at Leeds – and now the latest reports state that Leeds are ready to sanction a move for the South American, and are ready to pay £22.25million.
TBR’s view – Leeds need Pulgar, it makes sense
Leeds need a midfielder and recent performances have highlighted that. Mateusz Klich is not operating at 100% category – both in terms of confidence and fitness – while a partner for the Pole is still to be permanently found.
Rodrigo was signed to play up front but due to Patrick Bamford’s form, he has dropped into attacking midfield – where he has struggled, scoring only three goals. Hardly his fault, given he is not playing in his natural position.
Leeds need a permanent Klich partner and one that can replace him when the ex-Wolfsburg man needs a rest. Pulgar is perfect, if the club cannot sign Udinese captain Rodrigo De Paul.