Date published: Tuesday 29th September 2020 8:38
Leeds have agreed a deal over the signing of Michael Cuisance from European champions Bayern Munich, according to reports.
Marcelo Bielsa wants to strengthen his midfield before the transfer deadline, leading to links with a number of targets.
Cuisance emerged as a prime option recently, and appears to have pulled well ahead in the race to be Leeds’ latest signing.
Reports at the start of the week suggested that Leeds had already agreed personal terms with the French midfielder for a contract until 2025.
Now, there is growing optimism that they have found a breakthrough in talks with Bayern Munich as well.
Phil Hay of The Athletic has tweeted earlier on Tuesday to confirm that the Bundesliga champions look ready to do business with Leeds.
Hay wrote: “Sources in Germany say Cuisance to Leeds is increasingly likely. Fee and details still being discussed but Bayern look ready to deal.”
Sources in Germany say Cuisance to Leeds is increasingly likely. Fee and details still being discussed but Bayern look ready to deal. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) September 29, 2020
Meanwhile, talkSPORT claim Leeds have now agreed a fee of €20m with Bayern for the 21-year-old.
Writing for the Guardian, Fabrizio Romano says Bayern were hoping for somewhere closer to a €30m package. However, all parties are confident they can find a compromise before the deadline.
And things have accelerated quickly, as Hay and David Ornstein of The Athletic report that the Whites’ bid has now been accepted.
Bayern will retain a buyback clause on the player, who joined them from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer.
French source TF1 state that Cuisance will arrive in England for a medical on Wednesday.
Cantwell or James also targets for Leeds
Meanwhile, talkSPORT add that Leeds will turn their attention to Norwich starlet Todd Cantwell once they wrap up the signing of Cuisance.
Cantwell impressed in his first Premier League campaign last year, and Leeds could give him the chance to return to the top flight.
Bielsa has remained quiet on the links, but remains in the market for an attacking midfielder as well – and the radio station says they will bid £15m for him before the transfer deadline.
Cuisance and Cantwell would likely be the last high-profile additions of the transfer window for Leeds, who have also added Rodrigo Moreno, Robin Koch and Diego Llorente, as well as various youth players.
Hay and Ornstein conclude their report, meanwhile, by saying that a winger is the final target for the Whites – and they would be happy to take Daniel James from Manchester United if possible.
In fact, previous reports claimed Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear went on a scouting mission for the winger recently.