As reported by Goal.com, and written about earlier on The72, Leeds United are said to be interested in bringing Sewdish defender Filip Helander to Elland Road.
It is building up to be a pre-season where Leeds United fans are being spoiled. Paramount amongst all of this is that the Whites finally have Elland Road back under club control, thanks to new owner Andrea Radrizzani paying £20 million to reclaim it. There have also been transfer signings with even more said to be in the pipeline.
Leeds fans are excited about the array of attacking talent said being readied to join the Whites such as Spaniard Samu Saiz and Macedonian Ezgjan Alioski. This excitement is tempered by the fact that the club is bereft of defensive options – stretched thin would be a compliment to the team’s strength-in-depth there.
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Since Kyle Bartley returned to Swansea, with many Leeds United fans thinking that he will join former Whites head coach Garry Monk at Middlesbrough, fans have been pleading for a replacement at the heart of defence to partner Pontus Jansson, In truth, a player of Helander’s capabilities and calibre would definitely be that player.
Filip Helander – 5 things to know
1. Helander’s career started out at junior clubs Kvarnby and Husie IF, before he signed for the very same Malmö side where Pontus Jansson carved out a name for himself before his own big-time move to Italy and Serie A. Helander’s promotion to first-team reckoning at Malmö meant that he was in the same side as Jansson, who is two years his senior.
2. In the 2012/13 Allsvenskan season, Helander and Jansson played together 13 times as a centre-back pairing in a Malmö side that won the league that year, This included a seven game stretch at the end of the season where they won six games and conceded just the two goals. They also featured together nine times the following season before Jansson’s move to Torino.
3. His fledgling international career has seen the youngster make two full Sweden appearances against Portugal and Norway – games where he played the full 90 minutes. He has featured 23 times at all other age levels for Sweden, most notably for the Under-21 side where he has 19 caps.
4. Helander moved from the Swedish Allsvenskan to Italy’s Serie A in late July 2015, signing for Hellas Verona for a fee reported to be around £850,000. He made 28 appearances for Verona, scoring twice, before a season-long loan to Bologna in a complicated state of affairs that saw Nicolò Cherubin go the opposite way. He is said to have officially become a Bologna player on June 12, just over a fortnight ago.
5. Valued at £1.28 million by website Transfermarkt, the €4 million/£3.5 million fee supposedly offered by Leeds United, according to Goal.com, would represent a significant signal of interest by the Whites. It could be the kind of fee that Bologna, who are said to be holding out for a €6 million/£5.28 million payday, might consider as one worth pushing – it is definitely a statement of intent from the Whites.