Italian newspaper TuttoSport have claimed that Leeds United have tabled an offer to sign Torino defender Nicolas N’Koulou in the summer, with his contract due to expire in June. However, they face competition from one of the most-fierce rivals.
N’Koulou, 30, is available on a free transfer this summer as his contract at Torino is due to end in June. There has been no talk of a renewal and a move looks likely to occur – with a transfer to England supposedly on the table.
Having been linked last week, Leeds are now said to have made an offer for N’Koulou – a player that Marcelo Bielsa worked with during his time at Marseille during 2014-15. The new report claims Bielsa wants to sign N’Koulou ‘at all costs’.
However, Leeds have competition for N’Koulou. It comes from one of their biggest enemies in Manchester United, who are also interested in bringing the 72-time Cameroon international to England.
TBR’s view – Do Leeds really need N’Koulou?
The Whites brought in Diego Llorente and Robin Koch last summer, and while they have sat plenty of the season on the sidelines, they remain big players for Leeds. The breakthrough of Pascal Struijk has added another name to the list of options.
Liam Cooper remains captain, while Gaetano Berardi finally made his comeback from injury on Monday with the 23’s. But the ex-Sampdoria man is out of contract in the summer and could depart. Leeds currently have five first-team options, then.
But having the chance to sign a player Bielsa knows well, with enormous top-flight experience and 72 caps at international level, could be something too good to turn down – especially on a free transfer. It depends if N’Koulou fancies himself to start.
If he does, then perhaps Leeds is not the best move – but as first reserve, then he could be a good addition.