Premier League Leeds United are set to complete the signing of Real Sociedad and Spanish international centre-back Diego Llorente amid reports linking the club to Rangers’ Ryan Kent.

According to the Guardian, Marcelo Bielsa’s side could be about to spend £20m on the 27-year-old as they look to strengthen their side ahead of the Premier League campaign.

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Diego Llorente has five caps for the Spanish national team. (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates /Getty Images)

Whilst Llorente is obviously a defender, the signing would form part of a wider recruitment drive from the newly promoted side as the transfer window enters its final furlong.

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Leeds had a £10m bid rejected for Rangers winger Kent earlier in the window but reports this week have suggested the Elland Road club could return for the ex-Liverpool youth in the coming weeks.

The Daily Mirror has claimed that Kent is viewed as a potential back-up option in Leeds’ pursuit of Argentinian midfielder Rodrigo de Paul.


Talks between Leeds and Udinese were said to have stalled over the Italian side’s asking price, which is believed to be around £35m.


Should the transfer of Llorente go through it would also leave approximately £15m-£30m in Leeds’ summer transfer budget.

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Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is said to be a keen admirer of Rangers winger Ryan Kent. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Italian businessman and Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani had told the Financial Times the Elland Road club still had £35m-£50m to spend prior to the Llorente deal.

Rangers winger Ryan Kent has been the club’s best player this season, netting four goals and laid on three assists in eight games so far this campaign.

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