The “deal is off” for Leeds United‘s purchase of Bamba Dieng, according to Fabrizio Romano. The club has decided to leave negotiations for the Senegalese forward as OGC Nice’s bid for the youngster led to Dieng sitting at the airport rethinking his agreement with the Yorkshire club. The youngster is now likely to secure a move to OGC Nice, rather than completing a medical at Thorp Arch.
Why the Bamba Dieng ‘Deal is Off’
Did Leeds United Have an Agreement with the Club?
According to a range of sources, including The Athletic and the aforementioned Fabrizio Romano, there was a full deal in place for Bamba Dieng between Leeds United and Marseille. The same applied to a deal existing between the play and the Yorkshire club, and the Whites were ready to get Dieng on a plane to the UK.
The club were so confident about the move that owner, Andrea Radrizzani, tweeted about completing the move. The Italian has always been outspoken on Twitter, but this move could look foolish as the deal has now fallen through.
Agreed. Let s welcome Bamba Dieng and we will continue to work on Gapko. Now it s time to focus on the pitch and support our new project and the great job Jesse and the staff are doing 💪💛💙
— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) September 1, 2022
What Next for Leeds United?
Victor Orta, the Director of Football at Elland Road, has been relentless in his pursuit of targets over the past couple of days. This includes flying to the Netherlands on the morning of deadline day to secure the move for Cody Gakpo, which also fell through as PSV Eindhoven decided against selling.
Leeds United still need a centre-forward, as the club is desperately thin at the top of the pitch. Rodrigo has a shoulder injury, Patrick Bamford is regaining fitness himself and Joe Gelhardt is still a young and emerging prospect. The final hours of this window are essential for the Whites, and getting them right could make the different between a good and a bad season at Elland Road.
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