Leeds United target Erick Pulgar will be left out of Fiorentina’s squad for this weekend’s Serie A clash and, according to Firenze Viola, the Chilean’s omission is not down to fitness reasons.
About a month ago, Leeds fans were growing a little worried – and understandably so – about the lack of new faces at Elland Road.
It is fair to say no one in West Yorkshire is expressing such concerns now. In Diego Llorente, Rodrigo Moreno and Robin Koch, chairman Andrea Radrizzani has invested over £60 million on a trio of international stars.
Meanwhile, Helder Costa looks a man very much at home in the Premier League after making his loan spell from Fulham permanent to the tune of £17 million, scoring twice in the 4-3 triumph over Fulham.
There is still time in the market and money in the budget.
Leeds have at least one more new addition in their sights and it seems the man in question will be an all-action, box-to-box goal-scoring midfielder.
Atalanta’s Ruslan Malinovskyi and Bayern Munich’s Michael Cuisance have been linked, while the reported interest in Pulgar is generating plenty of attention over in Italy and South America.
Chilean publication A Laire Libre reports that Leeds are planning to make a new £14 million bid after Fiorentina rejected their initial offer of around £10 million.
The Florence-based FirenzeViola now back up those claims, adding that coach Beppe Iachini will leave the full-fit Pulgar out of Saturday’s clash with Inter Milan due to the confusion surrounding the future of his star midfielder.
A real swiss army knife of a footballer, Pulgar is famed for his ball-winning ability but also produced seven Serie A goals and a further six assists in 2019/20.
Leeds United’s record transfers
Rio Ferdinand (2000)
Helder Costa (2020)
Robbie Keane (2001)
£11 million (2001)