Leeds United are keen on a deal to convey Los Angeles FC expertise Jose Cifuentes to Elland Street this summer time.
That’s based on a latest report by French media outlet Jeunes Footeux (through Leeds Dwell), who declare that Victor Orta appears set to hitch each Leicester Metropolis, SS Napoli and an unnamed Ligue 1 facet within the race for the 23-year-old central midfielder’s signature in the summertime switch window.
The report goes on to state that, with the Ecuador worldwide’s present contract on the Banc of California Stadium set to run out within the winter of 2023, the Main League Soccer outfit are mentioned to be demanding a determine within the area of £5m in an effort to half with the previous CD Universidad Catolica starlet this summer time.
Good Klich alternative
With Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich being linked with a transfer away from Elland Street this summer time, ought to the Poland worldwide go on to maneuver onto pastures new within the coming weeks, Cifuentes may effectively be one thing of an ideal alternative for the 32-year-old.
Certainly, the £5.85m-rated expertise has been in outstanding kind over his 22 MLS appearances for LAFC to date this season, scoring six objectives, registering 5 assists and creating six large probabilities for his teammates, in addition to taking a mean of two.0 pictures, making 1.1 key passes and finishing 1.8 dribbles per sport.
The £6.1k-per-week Ecuadorian has additionally impressed in metrics extra typical of his place, making a mean of two.0 tackles, 0.5 interceptions, 29 passes, 1.5 lengthy balls and successful 5.0 duels per fixture.
These returns have seen the 23-year-old who John Thorrington dubbed “dynamic” and claimed has an “eye for aim” common a fairly spectacular SofaScore match ranking of 7.10, not solely rating him as Steve Cherundolo’s joint third-best performer within the league but in addition because the joint Forty sixth-best participant within the division as a complete.
As compared, over Klich’s 33 Premier League fixtures in 2021/22, the £2.7m-rated midfielder provided the Whites little in assault, scoring one aim, registering two assists and creating two large probabilities for his teammates, along with taking a mean of 1.3 pictures, making 0.9 key passes and finishing 0.6 dribbles per sport.
The £34k-per-week veteran additionally struggled in metrics extra typical of his place, making a mean of simply 1.4 tackles, 0.3 interceptions, 23.7 passes, 0.8 lengthy balls and successful a mere 2.7 duels per outing.
These returns noticed the Pole common an especially disappointing SofaScore match ranking of 6.67, rating him as Jesse Marsch’s Eleventh-worst performer within the high flight of English soccer final season.
As such, whereas the Premier League is undoubtedly a more difficult division than the MLS, it’s evident that Cifuentes betters Klich’s output in virtually each midfield metric, main us to imagine that, ought to the 32-year-old certainly safe a transfer away from Elland street this summer time, the £5m LAFC expertise would make an ideal alternative for the 40-cap worldwide.