Sky Germany report that Leeds United are battling a host of top European sides to sign Luzern captain Ardon Jashari ahead of the January window – with Celtic, Napoli, Leipzig and Frankfurt also vying for the Switzerland midfielder.
Jashari is only 20 but has been captaining his Swiss Super League side this season. That is despite only playing 40 times at senior level for Luzern, 17 of which have come this season. He was part of Switzerland’s World Cup squad in Qatar.
Leeds are likely to be after a midfielder. Tyler Adams’ absence against Manchester City highlighted the need for more depth in that area. Marc Roca struggled, while Adam Forshaw is out of contract at the end of the current campaign.
The report says Leeds are one of a number of sides eyeing a move for Jashari. Leipzig and Frankfurt are leading the five-team chase, with Celtic, Leeds and Serie A leaders Napoli also keen. A fee between £5.3m and £6.2m is needed.
Leeds battling Celtic to sign Luzern captain Jashari
To be captaining your side at just 20, after 40 senior appearances – and winning caps for Switzerland, there are high hopes for Jashari. He did only managed a late substitute outing in one World Cup game, but still, he was there.
So, we are talking about a player with plenty of potential. At 20, and with the clubs interested, a fee of around £6m would be good business. Darko Gyabi though, has looked excellent in our winter friendlies and came on against City.
Leeds need to decide whether it is worth bringing in another body in the middle of the park – or, if it will be a block for Gyabi, and Archie Gray, in their path into the side. Leeds have found success in Willy Gnonto, from the Swiss League.