Leeds United are chasing Bayern Munich outcast Marc Roca as their third signing of the summer, according to reports in England.
The Lilywhites were found to be lacking in squad depth last season, which contributed to their flirtation with the Championship, with their Premier League survival only confirmed on the final day of the season.
Kalvin Phillips and Adam Forshaw, both capable of playing at the base of midfield, have missed a host of games between them and left the Yorkshire side terribly exposed time and time again.
As such, it’s no surprise that Jesse Marsch is looking to bolster his options in the middle of the park, and a move for Roca, 25, makes perfect sense, especially when the £10million price tag is taken into account. account.
Sources in Germany say @TheAthleticUK Leeds United are targeting Bayern Munich’s Marc Roca, formerly of Espanyol, as they look to increase their midfield options.
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Roca excelled during his time at Espanyol, when he was linked with Arsenal and Barcelona, only for Bayern Munich to swoop in and scoop him up from the relegated side.
However, in Bavaria he struggled to get playing time, starting just 4 times for Julien Nageslmann’s side as they lifted another Bundesliga trophy. And, with the addition of Ryan Gravenberch this summer and the potential acquisition of Konrad Laimer, he will find himself further down the pecking order.
It would be Leeds’ third move this summer and would represent another huge expense for a club that already signed their record in the summer.
However, according to Athletic, Kalvin Phillips is, for now, in no danger of going anywhere, despite concrete interest from Manchester City.
“Any sale to him would result in the acquisition of at least one other midfielder beyond Roca to fill the void,” they add.
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