An update has emerged on Metz midfielder Farid Boulaya about Leeds’ interest in his services.
What is the talk?
According to the journalist Mohamed Toubache-TER, Leeds are knocking on Metz’s door ahead of the possible signing of Farid Boulaya this summer.
He also claimed clubs from Spain and Italy are showing interest in the central midfielder. Metz is looking for a fee of 3.8 million pounds (4.5 million euros) for the Algerian.
Should Leeds sign Boulaya?
Victor Orta needs to make sure he can close a deal for Boulaya in the coming weeks. It could be a smart deal for the club at a low risk price, with £ 3.8million looking like a bargain on paper for a player who impressed in Ligue 1 last season.
Ligue 1’s TV deal fell through last year and Amazon struck a deal with the league, which has caused a stir for domestic broadcasters. All of this has created potential cash flow problems for French teams and that could be why a Boulayas quality player can cost such a small fee. Hence, Leeds must take advantage of this situation for as long as possible before it is resolved and prices rise.
The 28-year-old had a great season with Metz in the top division. He averaged an excellent WhoScored 7.22 when he looted six goals and provided eight assists. Only Raphinha, nine, managed more assists in the Premier League for Leeds, suggesting the Algerian could add a good level of creativity to Marcelo Bielsa’s squad.
Earlier this year, French trainer Corinne Deacon claimed that Boulaya “Growing up” and said she was surprised to find a player of his quality without a club in 2015 before joining Clermont.
She said: “I have fond memories of Farid. When he signed for Clermont he was in big trouble because he didn’t have a club. I was a little surprised to find a player at such a level that no club had seen his qualities. But I was very happy that he walked through Clermont.
“He had a serious injury that ended his career. But today Farid is growing up. I’m happy with the season he’s doing. “
This shows that he has gone through tough times in his career. Hence, he could have the motivation and pace of work it takes to succeed in the Premier League. He had to take the tough yards to get where he got, which is another reason Orta has to get this over the line.
After all, you can’t make it under Bielsa unless you’re a hardworking character. Boulaya fits in perfectly.
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