Having already secured the services of Ben White, Liam McCarron, Helder Costa, Rafa Mujica and Jack Harrison for the upcoming campaign, Leeds United could now be about to swoop for Inter Milan defender Ryan Nolan.
According to Pundit Arena, the 20-year-old is reportedly set to leave the Serie A side this summer and has attracted interest from the Whites with Marcelo Bielsa keen to add the final touches to his squad ahead of the upcoming Championship campaign.
However, if Leeds are to secure a deal for Nolan, they may have to fight off the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion and Leicester City who are both keeping tabs on the defender’s situation at the San Siro.
Despite joining I Nerazzuri from Spanish side Torre Pacheco four years ago, Nolan has yet to make his debut for the senior side, instead featuring exclusively for the club’s youth sides.
Currently Inter’s under-19 captain, the defender featured on 42 occasions with the consistency of his performances earning him a call-up to the match-day squad for the Italian side’s Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna in February by then-boss Luciano Spalletti.
Although Leeds are in the market for a new central defender following Pontus Jansson’s departure from Elland Road earlier this month, signing Nolan would be a huge risk for Bielsa to take given his lack of experience.
Whereas there is no doubting that the Republic of Ireland under-18 international possesses a wide array of skills, he may struggle to force his way into a defence which already contains the likes of White and Liam Cooper if he does make the switch.
Therefore, unless Bielsa can guarantee him first-team opportunities next season, Nolan could be better off moving to a club who can provide him with a necessary amount of playing-time.
As for Leeds, if they are to launch another push for promotion in the Championship, they may find it more beneficial to target a defender who has a proven-track record of producing the goods at this particular level.