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Agent Reveals Availability Of The Former Leeds United Target: What Should Bielsa Do?

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The Whites have surprised many with their brand of football upon returning to the top tier but, at the same time, must find some stability to avoid relegation scare by the end of the ongoing term. An injury to Kalvin Phillips has made them vulnerable in the middle of the park and Victor Orta, the Leeds United director of football, must reignite interest in Jose Campana who looks set to leave Levante as revealed by agent Juanma Lopez while speaking too  Macho Levante.

The Ongoing Crisis

Leeds have suffered successive defeats against Leicester City and Crystal Palace prior to the international break. They let in 4 goals on each occasion as the absence of Phillips (sidelined with a shoulder injury) was felt severely with neither Mateusz Klich nor Pascal Struijk succeeding to replicate a similar show deep down the midfield. The Englishman pulls the strings from behind the ‘midfield four’ and the club, therefore, need someone capable of complementing the 24-year-old due to such congestion of fixtures in the upcoming months.

“In the future, I believe that several opportunities may open up, both in La Liga and abroad.”

Said Lopez on behalf of the 27-year-old who is valued in the region of  £25m. Despite failing to prove his worth at Crystal Palace seven years back, the Spaniard developed his game thereafter and impressed enough to earn his maiden international debut against Portugal earlier this month.

Leeds United target Jose Campana featuring for Levante.
Levante UD s Jose Campana during La Liga match. July 6,2020. 20200706329

Why Leeds United Must Splash The Cash For Campana 

Leeds United, meanwhile, saw a bid of around £13m rejected for Campana (as claimed by Super Deporte) and must double the amount to stand a chance amid growing interest in the deep-lying playmaker. Levante are having a torrid time with only one win in eight La Liga outings and president Quique Catalan, too, admitted (as told to Marca) that the player has asked to part ways in 2021.

Phillips is integral in Marcelo Bielsa’s 4-1-4-1 set-up as he orchestrates from the ‘hole’ and the Levante ace, in spite of his ability to operate from various midfield slots, would fit in a similar role for his quick movements, vision, range of passing as well as ball-playing attributes. Although he gets dispossessed far too often at times, his brief yet crucial experience in England would help him settle in Yorkshire and deliver swiftly under the tutelage of the veteran Argentine. It is to be seen now whether Leeds come up with an increased bid to secure his services during the winter transfer window.

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