The end could be in sight for one of the most long-running transfer sagas around. It’s been seven months since Voetball Belgie first linked Leeds United with Swedish international full-back Linus Wahlqvist.
And although the speculation came to nothing in January, it appears that domestic outfit Norrkoping could be preparing for the 20-year-old’s departure this summer.
Nt.se report that teenage defender Alfons Sampsted was signed from Icelandic side Breidablik in January in preparation for Wahlqvist’s expected departure. And he made his debut at last earlier this week as the club aim to mould him into the ideal replacement.
Consequently, Nt.se add that Wahlqvist is now almost certain to depart his homeland as links with both Leeds and Spanish giants Valencia are surely set to intensify.
End of the Linus?
There are certainly areas of the squad Leeds need to strengthen more than right-back, where the consistent Luke Ayling (below) can be backed up by the versatile Gaetano Berardi.
A lack of creativity in midfield and the absence of any reliable goalscorers to take the pressure of Chris Wood was arguably the major reason why Leeds fell at the final hurdle and missed out on the Championship play-off positions in the season just gone.
However, Wahlqvist would be a signing for the future at just 20. And with five caps for the senior Sweden side to his name already, he clearly has no shortage of potential.
And it appears that he has already outgrown the humble surroundings of Swedish league football.
Leeds manager Garry Monk