Leeds are once again being linked with Swedish international centre back Filip Helander ahead of the new season. The Bologna man has only recently joined Bologna on a permanent deal but the Italian side are said to be willing to let him go now they have strengthened in that area.

It has become clear we are interested in the player but the fee may well be a deterrent. Rumours are that the Serie A side want around £5 million but there has also been fees of a lower £3.5 million mentioned. There has been no solid sources to say a deal is being discussed, just strong links again today that Leeds are still interested in the deal. Helander will want to leave if he isn’t in the first-team plans and the fact that a man he knows very well would potentially be his partner may well appeal to him, that man of course his international team-mate, Pontus Jansson. However the pair were also team mates at Swedish side Malmo FF, where Helander played over 70 times for the club.

A centre back is still a priority, along with a left back and striker and Helander would be a player more than capable of making a difference in the Championship, as we saw with the arrival of Pontus Jansson. He has been capped twice by the national side and as with Jansson, his chances of playing will not be harmed in any way by moving to Elland Road, Jansson in fact pushing his way back into the fold since he arrived at Leeds United. For now it is a story that should be taken with precaution, as there is no official source to say this is more than just interest at this moment in time.

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