Liverpool’s 19-year-old Algerian left back Yasser Larouci has resisted signing a new deal and is expected to move on this summer in search of a clearer path to first team football, and until now Leeds United had been a frequently mentioned possibility.
However, a number of outlets are today claiming that the newly promoted side are baulking at Liverpool’s £2M asking price. It is, to be perfectly honest, rather a strange story—if Leeds believe Larouci can challenge for minutes, £2M hardly seems an excessive fee.
And if, on the other hand, Leeds don’t believe Larouci has much of a shot at earning regular minutes for them, one wonders why they would be after him in the first place. In any case, it’s hardly a ringing endorsement for the player from his prospective new club.
If Leeds’ reluctance means that a deal falls through, it’s possible that Larouci could end up at Brentford FC, who had been targeting the player previously but whose chances to sign him looked to have taken a hit when they failed to earn promotion.
That they wouldn’t be in the Premier League next season seemed to give the edge to Leeds, but if they don’t believe Larouci is a good enough player to be worth all of £2M, that just might be their chance to swoop back in and nap the promising youngster.