Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United made a bid in excess of £11 million for Jens Cajuste but the Midtjylland ace looks set to join Premier League newcomers Brentford instead, as reported by TipsBladet.
Conor Gallagher isn’t the only highly rated midfielder to have slipped through Leeds’ fingers in recent weeks.
While the Chelsea starlet felt his development would be better served under Patrick Vieira’s free-flowing blueprint at Crystal Palace – and the Frenchman’s record in charge of Manchester City’s youth side speaks for itself – there’s an obvious explanation as to why Cajuste won’t be heading to Elland Road either.
The Sun pointed out last week that Brentford have an ace up their sleeve.
Matthew Benham, the club’s owner, is a majority shareholder at Midtjylland too.
The Bees have already broken their transfer record to sign Frank Onyeka from the Danish club this summer and Cajuste, who often played alongside the Nigeria international in Midtjylland’s midfield, is now set to join a familiar face at the Brentford Community Stadium.
Brentford barge in for Leeds United target Jens Cajuste
TipsBladet points out Leeds made an offer of at least £11 million for Cajuste.
It remains to be seen how much Brentford are willing to pay, however, having broken their transfer record twice this summer already on Onyeke and former Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer.
A talented ball-carrier, only one player completed more dribbles in the Champions League group stages last season than Cajuste.
And there are no prizes for unmasking the mystery man in question.
It is Cajuste’s combination of physical and technical gifts that caught Bielsa’s eye, however, with the sturdy Swede certainly not the sort of player likely to shirk a tackle.
He reached double figures for yellow cards last season.
With Cajuste going the same way as Gallagher, it seems Leeds will now turn their attention to Lewis O’Brien, a tigerish ball-player who has impressed across Yorkshire at Huddersfield Town.