Marcelo Bielsa has reportedly urged Leeds United chiefs to secure a double deal for Fiorentina duo Erick Pulgar and Christian Kouame next month.
It has been an explosive start to life back in the Premier League for Leeds, who have scored the ninth-highest amount of goals this season (25) – more than both Manchester City and Arsenal.
Nevertheless, Bielsa’s men also have the joint-worst defensive record in the top flight along with West Brom, shipping in an alarming 30 goals so far.
As a result, the Argentine is keen to add some defensive solidity to his side in January, with Fiorentina defensive midfielder Pulgar on his radar.
But according to La Nazione, Bielsa is not only keen to prise Pulgar away from the Italian club, he has also recommended centre-forward Kouame to Leeds officials ahead of the winter transfer window.
He is said to be an admirer of both players, meaning the Whites’ interest in them is now being described as “concrete”.
It is unclear whether they will be able to afford a double deal next month, but loan deals for both men are reportedly not out of the question.
Pulgar, the 6ft 2in holding midfielder who only joined Fiorentina in 2019, has racked up 12 appearances for Cesare Prandelli’s side this season.
Kouame also signed for the club last year after impressing at fellow Serie A team Genoa, but has so far only produced a return of two goals in 22 appearances.
Bielsa will hope both men can arrive at Elland Road next month and add further depth to his promising Leeds squad.
The 65-year-old is adamant that he will not be tweaking his gung-ho playing style in the second half of the season, insisting he will not let criticism in the press affect his approach.
“The first thing I'd like to say is I never put the style above the result,” he said.
“What I do think is that the style is the main thing that facilitates the result, and if you look at the end of the Burnley game you can see we couldn't implement our style, but we maintained the result, so that means the journey to winning doesn't always mean you have to play well.
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“I don't think the press has anything to do with the results that a team maintains. The actions of the press does not influence what happens in a team.
“I never justify a result to the influence of the press. I never speak about the press in general, because the media has different ways of communicating."
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