Leeds transfer target ‘ready to sign’ to become Marcelo Bielsa’s first summer signing

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Huesca left-back Javi Galan is “ready to sign” for Leeds United, according to reports. The 26-year-old is rumoured to be close to signing for the Whites in a deal that could be completed at the end of this month.

Galan recorded two assists in La Liga last season and, according to Mundo Deportivo, he could be on his way to Elland Road.

The Spanish news outlet state that the 26-year-old has a release clause in his contract at Huesca, who suffered relegation from this campaign.

The Spaniard is reportedly available for around £6.8million, however, at the end of this month, the fee that Leeds will have to pay could drop to just over £3.4m.

A new left-back looks to be a priority for Leeds this summer.

Ezgjan Alioski and Stuart Dallas have played there for most of the season but, with Alioski looking like he will leave the club, they need depth in that position.

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The Macedonian’s contract expires at the end of June and, unless he pens a new deal, his exit could coincide with Galan’s possible arrival.

As for Dallas, he played a crucial part for Leeds last season but will probably return to a more familiar central midfield role next year.

Youngster Leif Davis is an out-and-out left-back, but Marcelo Bielsa is likely to opt for a more experienced head as they enter their second successive season in the top flight.

Leeds Director of Football, Victor Orta, knows the Spanish market well and although Galan was relegated with Huesca, he has experience of playing against top players in La Liga.

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Whilst one player could be on their way into the club, another could be on their way out, with Liverpool in pole position to sign Raphinha.

The winger earned high praise for his debut season in the Premier League with Leeds.

The Brazilian had attracted plenty of interest from all over Europe last summer having impressed for Rennes.

Leeds won the race for his signature, agreeing to pay £17m for him, and it’s proven to be a shrewd investment.

With seven goals and 11 assists in all competitions, Raphinha is now being valued at almost double what Leeds paid for him last summer.

Liverpool have been touted as a potential destination, along with the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City.

But transfer expert Gianluigi Longari now claims that the Reds ‘lead the race’ to sign Raphinha.

Leeds though reportedly have no desire to sell and the player himself has recently admitted to being happy at Elland Road.

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