Leeds United would rather avoid seeing one of their most talented academy graduates in years, a local lad to boot, wearing the red of Manchester United.
The Red Devils are plotting a £50 million move for Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose in January, according to The Mail. But, on the upside for Leeds fans, their club stands to earn a £4.9 million windfall from any potential deal due to a clause they insisted upon when letting Rose leave for Spurs in 2007, as reported by The Express.
But a substantial financial boost could be perfectly timed for Leeds with Thomas Christiansen’s side in need of a few reinforcements during the January transfer window – particularly at the heart of the defence.
Pontus Jansson hasn’t quite been the same impenetrable force as last season, Liam Cooper continues to divide opinion and Everton loanee Matthew Pennington is yet to find peak fitness or form in Leeds colours.
So the prospect of Leeds renewing their interest in Sweden international and close friend of Jansson, Filip Helander, should not be ruled out.
Goal claim that The Whites were very interested in signing the defender from Serie A side Bologna but were put off by his £5.3 million price-tag – which would make him Leeds’ most expensive defender since they signed right-back Danny Mills from Charlton in 1999.
Tuttomercatoweb report that Aston Villa are now interested in Helander too. Steve Bruce’s side have had to content with the broken metatarsal suffered by John Terry and, with Chris Samba ageing and Tommy Elphick frozen out, Helander would be a welcome addition to the Villa backline – as long as they can sell players to raise funds for a bid.
But if Rose does make the unpopular move across the Pennines in January, Leeds would suddenly have the funds to tempt Bologna into a sale.