Leeds United have been reported as reliable contenders to sign Torino defender Nicolas Nkoulou, who is obtainable for free this summer time.
Nkoulou has been a key player for Torino since becoming a member of them from Lyon in 2017. He has made a complete of 128 appearances for them, although his recreation time has diminished considerably this year.
Out of contract on the end of the season, it appears unlikely that the 30-year-old player will renew. It nonetheless has loads to offer at a good level, although, so a number of golf equipment may come calling.
He was first talked about as a target for Leeds last month. Previous to his time in Lyon, Nkoulou had a five-year stint at Marseille and played under Marcelo Bielsa on the Velodrome.
Leeds, nonetheless, should not his solely suitors. According to Tuttosport, Manchester United and PSG are additionally seeking to recruit the free agent this summer time.
The interest within the 75-time capped Cameroon star would not end there. According to Tuesday’s Torino Granata, Monaco, Lyon and Porto have additionally joined the skateboarding for Nkoulou.
Leeds, nonetheless, is felt to be within the driving seat to safe a deal merely due to the ‘Bielsa issue’.
The connection, nonetheless, appears a bit unusual given the wealth of choices Leeds has in central defense. Yorkshire males introduced in internationals Diego Llorente and Robin Koch last summer time in reward of membership captain Liam Cooper.
As well as, Leeds have additionally been blessed with a Pascal Struijk look this season. Struijk has featured excess of anticipated this season however has impressed alongside a wide range of mid-range companions. In actual fact, he was a part of a stable motion for back-guards that stored Chelsea at bay last weekend.
Regardless of this, the Italian paper claims that Bielsa is eager so as to add Nkoulou to the combination. Though now 30, Nkoulou is thought to be ‘realible, skilled and reasonably priced’, making him of specific interest to Leeds boss.
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Pundit makes a big Meslier name
In the meantime, Tony Cascarino believes Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier has the arrogance and skill to change into France No 1 sooner or later.
Regardless of coming for some criticism this season, Meslier has stored 9 clear sheets in 27 video games for Leeds. His newest, against Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel, noticed the stopper make eight saves within the recreation.
The 21-year-old has definitely not disappointed Leeds. In actual fact, solely West Brom’s Sam Johnstone (115) has made extra saves than Meslier (110) this season.
Such have been his performances for Leeds that Cascarino labeled his place “essentially the most difficult within the Premier League”. Moreover, he insists that the assured young keeper has the flexibility to achieve the top.
“Few players within the Premier League have a tougher job than Illan Meslier,” he wrote for The Occasions.
“At just 21, the Leeds United goalkeeper has needed to grasp Marcelo Bielsa’s high-octane enjoying fashion that requires him to assume fast along with his feet under strain.
“He has made just a few errors this season however it appears they haven’t overwhelmed his confidence. If something, the expertise has made him a greater goalkeeper and with every passing week he appears extra assured.
“Meslier’s skill to maintain cool under strain comes from his formative years at Lorient in France the place he competed within the youth cup at age 15 up against males aged 20.
“It is thrilling to assume how good it may change into. Meslier is 6 feet 6 inches and nonetheless has a wiry body.
“As he continues to develop and develop his higher physique power, he’ll change into an much more intimidating bodily presence within the field.
“I imagine [we] appears on the No. 1 future for the French national team. ”
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