EXCLUSIVE : Leeds United player inform club of Transfer Decision; Verbal Agreement Reached

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Leeds United defender Diego Llorente has expressed his desire to return to Roma this summer, with a fee of £4.23million already agreed upon, according to Roma News.

This development comes after a “gentleman’s agreement” was reached between the two clubs last summer, paving the way for Llorente’s permanent move to Rome. Although Llorente is set to return to Elland Road in June, the agreed-upon fee could see him heading back to Italy shortly thereafter.

Llorente initially joined Roma on loan in January 2023, prior to Leeds’ relegation from the Premier League, and remained with the Italian club throughout their Championship campaign. However, Roma is currently assessing their center-back options, which has put the deal on hold (Corriere dello Sport, June 18).

Leeds United is eager to secure the transfer, as every penny counts this summer following their failed attempt to secure an immediate Premier League return. The sales of unwanted players, like Llorente, will be welcomed by manager Daniel Farke, who has never publicly stated his plans for the 30-year-old defender.

Llorente’s move to Roma was not surprising, given his established role in the team during his initial loan spell. Leeds United will benefit from collecting a fee for a defender who has not been part of their first-team setup for nearly 18 months, even if it is significantly less than the £18million they paid for him in 2020.

Several key players from last season’s promotion push are also rumored to be leaving the club, but moving on players like Llorente for nominal fees will help alleviate the financial burden on Leeds ahead of another summer of change (Corriere dello Sport).

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