Whites eager to add another defensive option to their ranks on Allende Road, Marcelo Bilsa turned his attention to Spain
Leeds are closing in on a deal for Real Sociedad defender Diego Lorente, The goal As can be confirmed, the deal has been confirmed by the Liga club and the new Premier League boys will participate in the big money transfer with around million 25 million (m 23m / $ 29m).
Marcelo Bielsa is keen to strengthen the back of his whites, with goals flowing on both ends of the field in the early weeks of 2020-21.
Leeds have been involved in a back-to-3 thriller after returning to the English top flight, while suffering a narrow defeat to defending champions Liverpool before advancing to Fulham on Eland Road.
Bilsa’s side were known for their defensive resilience when they received promotions from the championship, but those qualities soon left them. After losing Ben White’s pick, he plans to bring in Lorenette and start plugging those leaks.
The switch will be formally formalized in the coming days, Sociedad will release a statement on their website on Tuesday night.
Statement Read: “Real Sociedad and Leeds United have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Diego Llore Rente to the English team. The final agreement is subject to a medical examination of the player.
“Real Sociedad would like to thank him for the professionalism and commitment he has shown during the three years he has played here, at the same time, wishing him well for his personal and professional future.”
L’Ore Rente has a m 50m (m 46m / $ 59m) release clause in its contract and is attached to Sociedad by 2022, but Leeds agrees to the terms below that mark.
Now they will offer a Premier League platform to a man who has been in England for some time.
The Spanish international had previously failed to secure a place at La Liga giants Real Madrid, but has prospered since joining Sociedad in 2017.
A model of relevance for the Basque club, he has made 88 appearances so far, including eight goals.
His efforts have sparked interest in Liverpool and Tottenham in the past, with Monaco reportedly reluctant to speak out this summer.
With the League 1 outfit said to have put 15 15 million (£ 14m / $ 18m) on the table, Sociedad quickly made it clear there would be no agreement on the figure.
Leeds have had more luck when it comes to negotiating fees and are now in a position to welcome another fresh face to their squad.
Soc Drid will be part of any transfer package, including a sale-on clause in his discussions with Sociedad, while the Basque club could turn their attention to a possible replacement for Atletico Madrid star Mario Hermoso or Getafe’s Leandro Cabrera.
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