L’Équipe report that Premier League side Leeds United are hoping to complete the signing of 21-year-old French midfielder Michaël Cuisance from Bayern Munich for a fee of around €20m this week.
After weeks of talks with manager Hansi Flick, Cuisance was expecting to be in a position of not considering his future with 8 days remaining of the summer transfer window. But the ex-Nancy man had a clear objective: play at least 20 matches this season to be a legitimate contender in the rotation for the starting central midfield position following the departure of Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool.
Last week, Cuisance and Flick met again: the German coach made it clear that he was a big fan of the former Gladbach player, but that he did not want to guarantee him any playing time. At the same time, Sporting Director Hasan Salihamidzic told the Frenchman that the door was open to an exit, but that it would have to be a permanent transfer. In the last 4 days, clubs have reacted.
Leeds United are in pole position, with Marcelo Bielsa having used his French network to begin to charm the player – El Loco sees him as a future French international and wants to place him at the heart of his project. Leeds have now made an opening offer to Bayern. The Bavarian giants’ board has a great relationship with their Leeds colleagues – the size of their bid is unknown, but Bayern value the player at around €20m. German sources claim that an agreement is close.
The Whites are in pole position, as the player is convinced by their project, but there are other sides who are also trying to make up ground: OGC Nice and Newcastle United. For the last 2 years, Sporting Director Julien Fournier and manager Patrick Vieira have been trying to get Cuisance to join them, and presented their project to him once again a few days ago.
Marseille, who had been at the forefront of the conversation earlier on in the window, don’t have the finances to be able to sanction a permanent deal. Bayern want a sale…