Leeds United are reportedly chasing Bristol City’s defensive duo Aden Flint and Joe Bryan – but face a difficult task.
It goes almost without saying but Bristol City would rather not lose two members of their back four, not to mention two of their longest-serving players, this summer.
Therefore, Leeds United’s hopes of landing both centre-half Aden Flint and left-back Joe Bryan always appeared slightly ambitious. According to the Bristol Post, The Robins are hoping to keep the defensive duo at Ashton Gate next season and any attempt to land the pair would require a huge fee – potentially as high as £12 million.
Therefore, this may be a real test of new owner Andrea Radrizzani’s desire to put his hand in his pocket. Leeds are crying out for reinforcements are both centre-half and left-back after Kyle Bartley and Charlie Taylor departed Elland Road at the end of last season, the former returning to Swansea City after a loan spell and the latter signing for Burnley when his contract expired.
And it’s fair to say Flint and Bryan would be excellent replacements.
Flint has shone in the Championship since netting a remarkable 15 goals in Bristol City’s 2014/15 League One promotion winning season. A towering, 6ft 7ins man mountain, the 27-year-old is an old fashioned defender and one of the most fearsome opponents in the second tier. The report adds that he has caught the eye of Leeds as a result.
And Bryan is one of the most intelligent full-backs in the division, capable of playing in a back four or five and a real outlet on the left hand side of the attack. In two seasons, he has assisted 10 goals. HITC broke the news earlier this week that Leeds had enquired about the 23-year-old, who came through the youth ranks at Bristol City.
However, with The Robins demanding around £6 million each, you wonder whether Flint and Bryan may be out of Leeds’ price range.
If Bristol City want to keep the duo, this is the right way to go about it.