While Ezgjan ‘Gianni’ Alioski might be moving on from Leeds, he will remain a beloved player for the club. He was a crucial part of both Premier League promotion and then their season of comfortable play in the top-flight. However, with a deal not agreed, the 29-year-old will depart on a free transfer. Fans were worried that links with Galatasaray might go somewhere, but it looks like this might not happen now due to a manner of reasons.

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As one of the most highly rated defenders in English football, Ben White has many admirers. The England international, who just missed out on the UEFA Euro 2020 squad, is rated as one of the best young defenders in the country after a wonderful season at Brighton and Hove Albion. Building on an excellent loan spell at Leeds United, White is now rated as one of the highest transfers of the summer to come.

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As a club with a clear eye on the future, Leeds United do not sign many players in their primes. Indeed, the marquee spending on Rodrigo Moreno last year felt totally out of sync with the usual moves made by Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta. However, one thing is clear: Leeds are, regardless of the player, typically looking to buy young and with potential for development. So far, most summer links have revolved around exciting talent with pace and quality on and off the ball. A new name has recently risen in the ranks, though, and that is Nottingham Forest prospect Brennan Johnson.

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With quite a strong Spanish flair to the Leeds United side, fans are never shocked when more Spaniards, or Spanish-speaking players, are suggested for a role at the club. However, despite returning to the ‘big time’ with the Premier League, some fans might be shocked at the size of player they are able to sign. Last summer, major signings like Diego Llorente and Rodrigo Moreno arrived, albeit to mixed results. Still, it was a clear example of how far Leeds have come under Victor Orta and co.

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With talk that Marcelo Bielsa will be staying for the 2021-22 season, Leeds United can finally get planning for an ambitious summer. Various names are being mentioned as players Leeds could buy, including most strongly the Dutch winger Noa Lang. However, there are various discussions around squad size. While fans want to see more squad depth, Bielsa has made clear in the past that he would rather run with a smaller squad and supplement squad places when needed with academy talent.

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They say that football is a sport that is primarily bult on emotion. That those moments of pure bedlam are what set it apart from more controlled sports. However, at the very top of the football pyramid, sentimentality rarely plays a part. Players are often moved on when they can no longer contribute exactly as the club wants. The same goes for players; they tend to look for a move as soon as their star reaches a higher point. Therefore, the news that Leeds United might look to ship off some of their veteran stars of the past should be no surprise.

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When you find yourself tuning into a Premier League match on Sky Sports, you can often come across some acerbic punditry. Chief among those pundits with an acidic tongue are Graeme Souness and Roy Keane. Both men were legendary players; titanic midfielders with presence, big game experience, and a very big table of medals. However, it is rare that either pundit really gives out too much praise to other teams – so, when Souness started to wax lyrical about Leeds United, fans might have been shocked.

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Signed as a precocious teenager with ample talent to go with his ambition, Ian Poveda was seen as the next line of stars at Leeds United. The English-Colombian has a unique sense of style on the pitch, and plays with a sense of intelligence that belies his youthful age. However, reports recently have suggested that Leeds are keen to bring in a new winger this summer – and it might mean that Poveda looks to make a clean break. Having enjoyed his role as backup to the first-team wide players, the arrival of another player – even with the likely exit of other wide options – would simply push Poveda further down the pecking order.

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As a team that attacks with gusto, the Leeds United full-backs are given pretty much free roam of the wide areas. They bombard the opposition, attacking from all angles with crosses, passes, shots, and runs off the ball. However, despite having two strong full-backs for the left-hand side in Barry Douglas and Ezgjan Alioski, it looks like Leeds will lose both in the summer. Alioski has knocked back a new deal with Leeds and looks set to complete a controversial move to rivals Galatasaray.

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Having well and truly established themselves in the Premier League, Leeds United intend to make a big splash this summer. Major signings are being targeted across the board, with numerous players expected to arrive in the summer. Though the Whites have impressed this year, various injuries have derailed consistency and killed off the hope of pushing for a European spot. However, this summer is one that will be used to help add to the squad, bringing up the level of the bench to the first-team standard.

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