Leeds United were linked with a move for Sampdoria defender Omar Colley in 2022 with the Gambian star impressing in Serie A – but now, the Serie A club are willing to sell their centre-back for a bargain £3.5m, even initially on loan.

Colley, 30, joined Sampdoria in the summer of 2018 and is now in his fifth season at the club. But Sampdoria are in real trouble at the moment and Colley – who has 41 Gambia caps – is struggling. The Serie A side sit in 19th position.

After 18 League games played, Sampdoria have secured just nine points. It is a side that also includes Ronaldo Vieira, and on-loan Tottenham and England midfielder Harry Winks. But they have been poor and could end up relegated.

Sampdoria are keen on reinforcing their side and have a couple of players in mind. Including ex-Leicester defender Aleksandar Dragovic. That is according to Gianluca Di Marzio, who says Colley could be sold to fund those moves.

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Indeed, Sampdoria are willing to allow Colley – who has captained Sampdoria this season on occasion – for a bargain fee of £3.5million. Even, they are willing to let him go on loan and a clause including an obligatory permanent buy.

Leeds linked with Colley in 2022 and Sampdoria willing to sell for £3.5m

TeamTalk reported in December 2021, ahead of the January 2022 window, that Leeds, Everton and Newcastle were all keen. A fee of £10million was touted at the time. But just a year after Leeds’ interest, he can go for a much smaller fee.

Do Leeds need a centre-back? Probably not. But Diego Llorente’s form has been poor, Liam Cooper is becoming a bit injury prone and Pascal Struijk is playing at left-back. If Leeds decide to sign a centre-back, Colley is a cheap option.

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