Leeds reject the £13 million asking price, prompting Marcelo Bielsa to hunt for a new job.
After a stumbling block with the transfer fee, Marcelo Bielsa shifts his focus elsewhere.
After it was revealed that Leeds United were unwilling to pay £13 million for Omar Colley, Marcelo Bielsa will go elsewhere in his pursuit for a centre-back. The Elland Road club was reportedly interested in signing the Sampdoria midfielder, but not for the current asking price.
Leeds United are trying to add to their squad before the end of the month transfer deadline.
They’ve already strengthened their defense with the addition of Junior Firpo from Barcelona, while midfielder Jack Harrison has made his loan move from Manchester City permanent following three seasons in Yorkshire.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson has arrived from Valerenga to back up Illan Meslier, who was one of the greatest goalkeepers in the top division last season.
Leeds United made a strong return to the Premier League after being relegated in 2004.
Bielsa shored up his backline and made his team much more tough to break down after a rocky start in which they appeared defensively frail.
Leeds had become a ruthless force by the end of the season, finishing tenth.
This time around, Bielsa will be seeking to improve on his debut performance, and he is aware that he may require additional reinforcements if his team is to maintain their upward trajectory.
Leeds were reportedly interested in Gambia international Colley, who played 29 league games for Sampdoria previous season, according to Club Doria 46.
The price, though, appears to be deterring the Yorkshire club, who have yet to make a bid for the 28-year-old.
Colley is also being watched by West Ham, although Leeds may now search for a different centre-back to help them improve on their 54 Premier League goals conceded last season.
After joining the club three years ago, Bielsa has done wonders at Elland Road.
Leeds almost lost out on promotion to the Championship in his first season as manager, but stormed to the title the following season before rubbing shoulders with the best in the Premier League.
Jamie O’Hara, a former Tottenham player, believes the club has done well in keeping their manager.
“He needs to be at a major club,” O’Hara said last month on talkSPORT. “Let’s be honest, he needs to be at a club like Barcelona.”
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