Leeds in the hunt to sign established international

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Leeds United will need to be busy in the transfer window this summer.

Their promotion to the Premier League has ensured an estimated £200m will grace the club, a sum of money that could prove game-changing.

You only need to look at the spending Aston Villa and Fulham did in the last two transfer windows, splashing over £100m each.

It's unlikely that the Whites will go quite as crazy as that - after all, Marcelo Bielsa likes to work with a thin squad, but they'll certainly need to improve.

Norwich City were fine evidence of that. They won the Championship last term but stuck with the vast majority of their squad, only to go straight back down.

Given Leeds have Bielsa at the helm, a man held in high esteem by the likes of Pep Guardiola, the Whites should be better off anyway. 

However, that's no excuse to rest on their laurels. 

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A number of players have been linked, including Edinson Cavani and Said Benrahma.

Though, one of the newest links has us looking towards Italy and Serie A.

According to Phil Hay, the Yorkshire side have cast their eye towards landing Roma full-back Alessandro Florenzi.

The 29-year-old spent a period of time on loan at Valencia last term and it appears as though he is out of favour in the Italian capital.

Valued at £14.4m, via Transfermarkt, a deal could be concluded fairly cheaply.

Writing in his latest column for The Athletic, Hay stated: 

"The Athletic understands Leeds have cast their eye over Alessandro Florenzi, a Roma player with a level of versatility — he can play full-back and midfield — which could suit Bielsa. Florenzi is set to leave the Serie A club this summer, though sources close to him have indicated that his preference is to stay in Italy with the European Championship coming up next year. Sampdoria, Fiorentina and Atalanta are all keen."

Alessandro Florenzi

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At first glance, it's easy to see why Florenzi is being touted by Leeds and Bielsa.

Capable of playing in central midfield, on the wing, or as a full-back, his versatility is simply perfect for the manager, someone who has relied on the likes of Stuart Dallas and Gjanni Alioski to play in multiple positions.

Impressively, he's the Roma captain as well, being described as the heir to Francesco Totti's throne - he took over the leadership duties following his retirement and Danielle De Rossi's exit.

Though, the Whites need to consider carefully whether he's worth the risk.


On paper, signing an Italy international would be good business but he's incredibly inconsistent. Florenzi managed just one assist in 2019/20 and is renowned as a divisive figure in Italy.

Writing about the player in 2016, Football Italia remarked: "You [Florenzi] don't have the transparency, the elegance of a Lorenzo Insigne. You don't have the dance-like movements of Federico Bernardeschi. Yours is the beauty of things that go wrong, the magnetic lure of shipwrecks and arson and pirates."

Added to that, it's been noted by publications just how much flack he's received from the club's supporters.

Leadership is what Leeds will need in the Premier League but there are likely better alternatives to Florenzi.

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