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Report: Leeds want Jake Clarke-Salter; have already enquired about deal

Leeds want Jake Clarke-Salter, with The Sun reporting that the Whites are amongst a host of clubs looking at signing the Chelsea centre-back on a potential free transfer this summer.

Clarke-Salter is currently set to be out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of the campaign. The Sun notes that the Blues do have the option to extend his terms by 12 months. But they need their takeover to go through before they can trigger any options in contracts.

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The Sun reports that Leeds and Sheffield United have already enquired about signing Clarke-Salter. Meanwhile, PSV Eindhoven are also keen on the 24-year-old.

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Clarke-Salter has spent the large majority of his professional career out on loan. His most recent spell saw him spend the season at Coventry City.

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During his time with the Sky Blues, boss Mark Robins described him as ‘absolutely outstanding’.

He is unproven in the Premier League, having only made one appearance. And that came in 2016. Most of his games have come in the second tier.

Leeds have been linked with Clarke-Salter in the past. The Sun reported in 2019 that the Whites wanted the centre-back ahead of Marcelo Bielsa’s second campaign at Elland Road.

Leeds want Jake Clarke-Salter, but fans may have reservations about move

Clarke-Salter has had mixed fortunes during his various loan spells. It may well be a shrewd move if he is available on a free transfer.

But the fans may have reservations. If they stay up, it would potentially be an underwhelming piece of business given that they already have three international centre-backs.

And if they are relegated, the Leeds supporters will surely want to see the likes of Charlie Cresswell and Leo Hjelde given more opportunities to impress.

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