Leeds United are interested in Hamed Junior Traore, with Jesse Marsch keen on the attacking midfielder to improve his final-third options.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport via Sport Witness, Leeds United are one of the teams keen on Hamed Junior Traore. The Sassuolo attacking midfielder is a target for Jesse Marsch, who remains keen to strengthen his side following their relegation scare last season.
Leeds United narrowly escaped the threat of getting relegated from the Premier League after Burnley took their place in the bottom three on the last day of the campaign. And, Jesse Marsch is keen to make amends and ensure his team is not in the same predicament next term.
The Yorkshire club have moved fast in the transfer window, already spending upwards of £50 million in the current market. Leeds have signed three players in Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen, and Marc Roca for significant sums and are primed to bring in more players soon.
They may also see two key players in Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha depart this summer. The former is a target for Manchester City, while the Brazilian is chased by many clubs, including Arsenal, who saw their bid rejected by Leeds.
The duo is expected to be sold in this window, which would leave Leeds with a massive cash injection to make their moves in the window. One of the areas Marsch wants to strengthen is the attacking midfield. They are already linked with Belgian star Charles De Ketelaere but are keeping tabs on alternatives.
Last season, Leeds had to play a second striker behind their No.9 in games because they lacked a natural No.10. Marsch is keen to rectify this situation and improve his attacking depth next term. They are now interested in Hamed Junior Traore, the brother of young Manchester United winger Amad Diallo.
Traore had a successful season in Serie A, scoring seven goals and providing four assists. Sassuolo have the player locked in till 2024, allowing them to dictate terms in the market. The Italian side want at least €25 million to consider a sale, which has alerted Leeds and AC Milan.
While Marsch is reportedly keen on the attacking midfielder, the interest from Milan could be a bother. The San Siro outfit, fresh from winning Serie A, is a more attractive prospect for any player from the league. However, the finances involved in the deal could become an issue for the Rossoneri.
With the expected money from prospective sales, Leeds could have the means to get a transfer done. The lure of Premier League football could also tempt the 22-year-old Traore as he assesses his options this summer.