Leeds United set to sign Spanish centre-back from Real Sociedad

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Real Sociedad have confirmed the defender’s departure.

Leeds United are poised to sign Real Sociedad centre-back Diego Llorente.

According to reports, Leeds have reached an agreement with Real Sociedad over the transfer for Diego Lorrente for a reported fee of €25m.

The La Liga club has also confirmed the player’s departure through a twitter post: “We wish you the best of luck in this new stage of your career, Diego. Thank you for the three years you have been part of our club. Good luck.”

Real Sociedad’s website also confirmed the agreement with the Premier League club.

A statement read, “Real Sociedad and Leeds United have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Diego Llorente to the English team. The final agreement is subject to the medical examination of the player. “

Leeds had missed out on the permanent signing of Ben White though they were able to sign Robin Koch from Freiburg.

However, the German has come under fire after an erratic start to the Premier League 2019/20 season. Marcelo Bielsa has stuck with Liam Cooper and Koch as the centre-back options thus far.

Llorente moved to Sociedad in 2017 from Real Madrid and has since been an integral part of the team. Los Blancos will earn around €4m out of the Spaniard’s transfer given the clause in his contract.

Leeds were off to an impressive start in the English top-flight, displaying some expensive style of play. However, their defensive issues have been manifest, and Llorente’s addition would help them tackle it.