Leeds United have been linked with a move for Serbian international midfielder Nemanja Radoja. TEAMtalk claim in an ‘exclusive’ that Leeds are among one of several teams in England to have shown an interest in the free agent.
His current employment status means he is able to join teams in England outside the current transfer window. It also makes him easy fodder for such a transfer story.
However, despite Radoja’s international prestige and previous good form at Spanish side Celta Vigo, he would be a massive shock signing for Marcelo Bielsa.
Firstly, Leeds United’s boss appears happy with his current squad. He is keen to supplement the midfield with young talents such as Mateusz Bogusz, Alfie McCalmont, and Jamie Shackleton.
It is also unlikely that Radoja would be in the physical condition that the Leeds boss demands from his high-octane style of play.
Radoja has not only missed an entire pre-season, but he went into the summer completely cold as well.
The Serbian has not played a competitive match since May 2018, missing the entire 2018-19 season with an injury.
It is highly unlikely that Leeds United would bring in a player, likely to be on big wages, who is not going to be ready for first-team action for some time. It would simply be a repeat of last season’s loan acquisition of Izzy Brown from Chelsea. He arrived recovering from an injury and played just 11 minutes of football for the West Yorkshire side.
Reports in Spain, including from Cadena SER and Diario AS, suggest that Levante will be signing the player this month once finances are sorted over a deal. That seems a far more likely deal then Leeds United taking a huge risk on a recovering injured player yet again.