The Leeds United transfer saga around Moroccan midfielder Azzedine Ounahi has gotten more complicated, as L’Equipe state that Angers’ club president Said Chabane has travelled to England to progress a move to a Premier League club. This is at around the same time that journalist Graeme Bailey reported the French club hoping to loan the player until the end of the season.
Azzedine Ounahi Leeds United Transfer Saga Gets Interesting
Who are Leeds United Competing With?
Seeking to complete Leeds United transfer business for the window, Victor Orta and his team are battling with several clubs for the services of Azzedine Ounahi. The midfielder has also attracted Napoli’s attention, with the Whites needing to put together an attractive package to overcome the draw that the Serie A leaders hold over players.
L’Equipe’s article also states that Chabane is not travelling to talk to Leicester City’s leadership. Despite rumours of a move to the Midlands being sparse, Leeds fans will be happy to see suitors being knocked off the list one by one.
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What Does Azzedine Ounahi Bring?
The Moroccan is an incredibly creative midfielder and brings exactly what Elland Road needs to see in the second half of the season. Fitting perfectly into the club’s 4-2-3-1 through the centre of the pitch, the midfielder brings a range of passing and a high level of expected assists. With Georginio Rutter having just joined the club, the duo could link together perfectly. This is the main reason the club want to avoid a loan back, as keeping the player gives them the best chance of instant results.
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What Other Leeds United Transfer Business is Necessary
Despite a previous lack of depth, Leeds United completing the Ounahi deal will likely conclude their business. The club came into January needing a left-back, a striker and a central midfielder and will have all three, strengthening the squad significantly for the challenges that lie ahead. Jesse Marsch will look to avoid a relegation scrap, and gaining these players will be a significant step in doing so.