Leeds United are willing to pay £22 million for Erick Pulgar, with the Fiorentina ace potentially on his way to Elland Road according to Calciomercato.
With Mateusz Klich enduring a mixed start to life in the Premier League, it seems the West Yorkshire giants have their sights set on a Swiss army knife of a midfielder capable of providing some much-needed competition for the over-worked Poland international.
Pulgar, like Klich, is not just a goal-scorer but also a ball-winner, a defence-splitter, a tempo-setting, box-to-box play-maker.
In 2019/20, the Chilean produced seven goals and six assists in Serie A.
There were also nine yellow cards, an 88 per cent pass completion rate and an average of two successful tackles per game – numbers superior to those produced by Klich in the Championship title-winning campaign (WhoScored).
Chief Executive Angus Kinnear admitted to FourFourTwo a few weeks ago that January signings were unlikely but, if an ‘improbable exceptional opportunity presents itself’, Leeds may be tempted to splash the cash.
With Europa League winners Sevilla making a move of their own, Leeds may feel they have no choice but to act now or face missing out on a player who fits Marcelo Bielsa’s trademark style like a tailored suit.
According to La Nazione, Bielsa specifically asked his employers to bring Pulgar to Elland Road. And what the Argentine wants, the Argentine very often gets in Yorkshire.
Reports are now suggesting that Leeds will back their manager, putting £22 million on the table for Pulgar.
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