Some were saying that Rodrigo Moreno and Robin Koch would be enough for minimalist Marcelo Bielsa but then Leeds United brought in Diego Llorente. Frenchman Michael Cuisance also was a target and almost arrived, undone by a failed medical. The search for a midfielder goes on, apparently.
One name said to be in the mix for the Whites is newly-selected Spanish international José Gómez Campaña. Some segments of the Spanish media were saying that this ‘interest’ was merely that – just interest. However, Spanish source El Desmarque state that the Whites are pressing for Campaña and pressing in a move for him.
They write that, rather than having a degree of interest, that United has presented “a firm offer” for the 27-year-old central midfielder as they look to make him new signing no 4 at Elland Road. They continue by saying that Leeds’ firm offer is in the region of €15m/£13.6m with additional clauses bringing a final total to a potential €18m/£16.3m.
It is thought that Levante will turn down the offer on two fronts: it isn’t sufficiently big enough an offer and that it leaves them insufficient time to source a direct replacement for a man seen as a vital cog in their La Liga machine.
Campaña has been at Levante since mid-August 2016, arriving on a £450,000 deal from Serie A side Sampdoria. Since then, the central midfielder has made 160 appearances for Levante, scoring 11 goals and adding 26 assists.
Last season saw the Sevilla-born midfielder make 37 La Liga appearances for Levante, scoring 2 goals and creating 7 assists.
With three days to go before the Whites see the current window close, it will be interesting to see where this deal goes, if anywhere, from here.