Italian outlet Torino Granata report on Monday that Leeds United are ‘above all’ in the race to sign Serbia World Cup midfielder Sasa Lukic – with the player in question requesting a wage in the region of £33,000 a week at Torino.

Lukic, 26, was impressive for Serbia in Qatar – despite his country failing to get themselves into the knockout rounds. Indeed, they came close. But failure to beat Cameroon having lost to Brazil, gave them an almighty uphill challenge.

They then had to beat the Swiss, but suffered a 3-2 loss. Deserving of more than just one point, Serbia finished bottom of their group – with Cameroon beating Brazil and ending on four points. But the Swiss go through with Brazil.

Lukic, now, will be focusing on his future. He has spent the last seven years at Torino and his contract is due to expire in 2024. Torino are keen to extend it. Torino Granata say he wants £33,000 a week. Torino are struggling to afford that.

A previous report from the same outlet says that Manchester United and Roma are also keen. But it is now claimed that Leeds are ‘above all’ in their pursuit of the £13million-rated man – with Lukic requesting just £33,000 a week.

Serbia v Switzerland: Group G - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
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Leeds above all in race to sign Lukic, wants just £33,000 a week

To get a player who has already clocked up north of 147 matches in the Serie A, and 35 caps for his country – for just £13million and less than £35,000 a week, is a bargain. The question is, where does he fit into our midfield?

Tyler Adams is without doubt first choice. Arguably, at the moment, our most-important player. Certainly, his displays for USA have been no surprise to Leeds fans – as he garners the clamour his relentless work rate deserves.

Marc Roca has been good, but in the shadow of his midfield partner. Behind the duo, Leeds lack top-tier cover. Sam Greenwood has come in at times but he is more of a 10. Adam Forshaw is out of contract in the summer.

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