Fulham had a bid of £1.1m reported rejected for Casasola, and Leeds should take advantage

Fulham have reportedly had a bid rejected for Salernitana utility man Tiago Casasola as the Argentine continues to shine in Serie B – and Leeds United should take advantage for a player Marcelo Bielsa would love.

Italian outlet CalcioMercato reported that Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham had seen a £1.1million bid turned down by the second-tier side, as the Cottagers look to bring in players able to help them in their fight against relegation.

Casasola, who was signed by Fulham in the summer of 2014 from Boca Juniors before joining AS Roma a year later, without playing a senior game for the west London side.

The Argentina youth international has been in superb form for Salernitana this season despite being asked to play in a number of different positions. Indeed, Casasola has appeared in four different positions.

Naturally a centre-back, defender has also play on either side of the defence. Despite being 6ft 2in, Casasola is remarkably quick and boasts plenty of natural technique and finesse – allowing him to also play on the right of midfield.

He has scores four goals and created two more in 16 Serie B appearances, and that kind of form has to tempt Leeds into an offer with the Argentine simply perfect for Bielsa.

Leeds’ manager is renowned for preferring smaller squads, and if an injury crisis occurs, he would rely on the versatility of his still-available players or dip into the youth teams.

Versatility has been key in Leeds’ promotion hunt this season, with Kalvin Phillips, Stuart Dallas, Gjanni Alioski and Tyler Roberts all playing away from their natural position. Versatility is absolutely key.

Offering cover at the problem area of centre-back as well as three other areas of the pitch, as well as being Argentine like Bielsa, Casasola would be an excellent signing as he is perfect for Bielsa. Leeds must improve Fulham’s £1.1m offer.

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