According to Sky Sports’ Chief Reporter Bryan Swanson, Leeds United are in advanced talks with La Liga outfit Real Sociedad over a move for defender Diego Llorente.
— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) September 22, 2020
A deal is said to be close, and the Spain international could be moving to Elland Road in the coming days.
Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa wants to strengthen his defence in order to adequately get ready for the challenge ahead as he prepares his side for life back in the Premier League.
The Whites have shipped seven goals in just two league games, and they need to improve at the back if they want to impress this term.
Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig have pipped them to the signature of Dinamo Zagreb centre-back Josko Gvardiol, and Brighton have knocked back their bids for Haydon Roberts, but they could be handed a boost soon with a deal for Llorente looking close.
Liverpool have also been linked with the 27-year-old, and were reportedly willing to meet his £41 million release clause, but nothing has been heard of their interest recently.
The former Real Madrid defender can also play in defensive midfield due to his ability on the ball, and he will most likely be a good addition to the Leeds’ backline.
West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur were both linked with Llorente last summer, and he would be keen to prove himself in the English top-flight if a move to Elland Road works out.