February 29, 2024

PSG are interested in Leeds United’s Diego Llorente, who is currently on loan at AS Roma.

PSG are interested in signing Diego Llorente in the January window, with the central defender currently on loan at Roma from Leeds United.

Diego Llorente attracting PSG transfer interest

The Spaniard was a big-money signing for the Whites after their promotion to the Premier League in 2020, and he went on to make over 50 Premier League appearances over the next two-and-a-half years.

However, it was agreed in January that the 30-year-old could move to Roma on loan for the remainder of the previous campaign, which ended in disappointment for Leeds as they were relegated to the Championship.

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Llorente was therefore certain to make another move, and it turned out to be true when it was revealed in the summer that he had rejoined Roma for the current campaign.

However, L’Equipe reporter Bertrand Latour has disclosed that Luis Enrique hopes to move the defender to Paris, suggesting that the defender’s stay in the Italian city may be coming to an end.

With his skill on the ball, Llorente appears like a suitable fit for the French champions, who are looking for reinforcements at the defense.

Leeds could be in line for a financial benefit

This doesn’t impact Leeds in a football sense, as Llorente is not part of Daniel Farke’s squad, and the club had expected him to finish the season in Rome as they push for promotion.

Championship Table (As it stands January 9th)
Team P GD Pts
1 Leicester City 26 36 65
2 Ipswich Town 26 15 55
3 Southampton 26 15 52
4 Leeds United 26 20 48
5 West Brom 26 12 42
6 Sunderland 26 8 40
7 Hull City 26 4 39
8 Coventry City 26 10 37

But, PSG’s interest could see them land a decent fee for the Spanish international, and that would be very welcome for the hierarchy.

Although Llorente’s contract at Elland Road is set to expire in the summer of 2026, it appears likely that he has already played his final game for the team; hence, the focus is on obtaining the highest possible compensation.

Because of PSG’s financial clout, they are able to offer players a higher salary than Roma, and the player will undoubtedly find joining them appealing.

Naturally, there will be problems with the existing loan arrangement because it’s unclear if there is a break provision, which would require Roma to consent to Llorente’s departure. He has also been a consistent player for Jose Mourinho’s team, so they won’t do it without a struggle.

So, it could require some intense negotiations from all three clubs to ensure an agreement is reached, and it will be very interesting to see how it plays out over the coming weeks.

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