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€3.5m star key improvement on Pearce, Wootton just missed Leeds United move

Frederik Sorensen has been discussing his failed move to Leeds United, how big a loss was it?

Leeds United were one of the busiest clubs in the transfer market this summer, but they did not quite land all their targets.

Among those they were linked with signing, but ultimately missed out on was Frederik Sorensen, who was contracted to Juventus.

Sorensen had agreed a loan to move to Leeds, with a €3.5 million permanent option one they could have taken up 12 months later, only for the move to fall through.

He told Danish newspaper Bold, translated by Inside Futbol: "We agreed on a contract, but things changed slightly compared to what we had agreed. Those were some changes that I wasn't willing to accept, and then you just have to say 'thank you for the offer', but no."

Sorensen is a centre-back, and played on loan at Bologna last season before eventually signing for Hellas Verona this summer.

So did Leeds really miss out on the Scandinavian? The answer there is yes, the defender would have been a vast improvement on the club's backline if statistics from last season is anything to go by.

In Serie A, Sorensen made 15 appearances last season, including 13 starts, and made an average of 2.1 tackles and 2.7 interceptions per game.

By contrast, Leeds defender Jason Pearce made an average of 1.2 tackles and 1.1 interceptions. Scott Wootton made 1.5 tackles on average and 1.9 interceptions.

Defender Tom Lees, starter of 37 games last season for Leeds, made only 1.1 tackles on average and 1.7 interceptions.

The two sets of statistics show part of Sorensen's game in which he performed well last season, and while it is difficult to truly compare players from different divisions, given he played in Italy's top flight and still produced strong displays, suggests Leeds may have really missed out on a potentially excellent signing by haggling on their original agreement.

Sorensen does not go into detail about the circumstances of the changed offer, but with just two wins from their opening five in the Championship, they may be wondering if they should have done more.

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