Has Southampton's Jordy Clasie stance inadvertantly affected Leeds United's Mario Pasalic hopes

Thomas Christiansen

Leeds United wanted to sign Chelsea's Mario Pasalic but it appears that they now face a challenge.

Jordy Clasie has certainly had his moments in a Southampton shirt. Those thunderbolt strikes in wins against Arsenal in the EFL Cup and West Brom in the Premier League indicated exactly why former manager Ronald Koeman was willing to pay Feyernood up to £8 million for the diminutive Dutchman in the summer of 2015, as reported by the BBC.

However, it’s fair to say such flashes of inspiration have been few and far between at St Mary’s.

Clasie is now the kind of player likely to hog the headlines but, starting only 32 league games in an injury hit two years, the 26-year-old hasn’t developed into the all-action enforcer he promised to become when making waves in the Eredivisie.

Southampton's Jordy Clasie celebrates scoring their first goalSouthampton's Jordy Clasie has been far from consistent

Therefore, you wondered whether they would be tempted to cash in as The Sun claims that Serie A giants Lazio had identified Clasie as a potential replacement for AC Milan-bound midfielder Lucas Biglia.

Yet, according to Clasie’s agent, Patrick Poldevaart, the Rome-based giants, who will return to the Europa League next season after finishing fifth in the Italian top flight, are yet to make contact with Southampton in regards to a summer deal, as reported by Citta Celeste.

Onto the next?

And, inadvertently, this could be bad news for Leeds United. Because, according to Calciomercato, Lazio have now opened talks with Chelsea over the signing of Mario Pasalic instead.

The two-time Croatian international impressed on loan at Serie A rivals Milan last season and was on the radar of Leeds, per Gianluca Di Marzio, with Chelsea expected to loan him out once more this summer.

- AC Milan's Mario Pasalic celebrates after scoringMario Pasalic started 20 Serie A games for Milan last season

Blessed with dynamism, creative thrust and the ability to score from deep in the style of Blues legend Frank Lampard, Pasalic could have been a superb addition to a Leeds midfield lacking in inspiration but heavy on perspiration.

Yet, it appears that Lazio have steamed ahead with a deal for Clasie no closer, with Leeds facing a challenge to beat the famous Italian side to his signature.

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