The alleged Leeds United target does not look like leaving any time soon and the Whites need to establish their squad in time for the new season.
According to a report from the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino is still keen to bring Anthony Limbombe to Elland Road this summer. But if the latest claims are true, the Whites would be wise to step away and focus on alternative targets.
As reported by Voetbal Primeur, the chairman of players’ union VVCS Danny Hesp has explained that following his refusal to train with NEC Nijmegen and his desire to leave the club this summer the only likely outcome is for Limbombe to take his case to a tribunal.
“He will now be defaulting, which is legally refusing to work,” Hesp said. “The club can’t force him to go somewhere; an arbitration is the established way.”
The problem for Leeds – and any other interested party – is that is unlikely to lead to a swift resolution.
If anything this is something that could now drag on far longer than anyone would like, and Cellino will know the importance of getting all his and manager Garry Monk’s targets in quickly rather than being left hanging around until the final few days of the transfer window.
Even if Limbombe does get his wish to leave there is no guarantee he will opt for Leeds and it is time the Whites turned their attention elsewhere.
Limbombe is predominantly a left winger who can also operate on the opposite flank or as a secondary striker if required, yet given the number of wide options at Leeds now, some fans may question if he is really worth what could now be considerable time and effort.