The most expensive signings in Premier League history
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Leeds have reportedly agreed a ‘significant fee’ with Celtic to sign highly-rated Leo Hjelde. Leeds have already been busy in the transfer market, bolstering Marcelo Bielsa’s options for the new season.
Junior Firpo has joined from Barcelona while Leeds made Jack Harrison’s loan move from Manchester City permanent.
Kristoffer Klaesson has also signed as a back-up goalkeeper to Illan Meslier, with the Frenchman impressing in his debut season with Leeds.
More deals are being worked on though with three weeks left of the transfer window.
Another central midfielder is being targeted but Leeds are also making plans for the future.
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According to the Scottish Sun, Leeds have reached an agreement to sign Hjelde from Celtic.
The 17-year-old featured for Ross County on loan in the second half of last season, earning rave reviews from management at the club.
John Hughes was in charge of Ross County during Hjelde’s time at the club and the manager made a bold statement in likening the teenager to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.
“I 100% believe he will reach the Premier League. Leo is going to be the next Virgil Van Dijk, trust me on that, trust me,” he said in April.
“He has got a lot to learn but for being a young kid, to come on loan during Covid in this climate, what he’s produced has been absolutely fantastic.
“He has still got a lot of learning but before he came here Leeds United were after him.
“I think he signed an extension to his Celtic contract for this loan to go through. He is going to be a centre-back but he can play left-back.”
But Hjelde isn’t expected to play a role in Bielsa’s first-team squad, instead joining up with Leeds’ under-23 side.
The report claims the Norwegian defender is set to sign a long-term deal having been tracked by Leeds for several months.
Leeds were also boosted by the news of Bielsa’s contract extension on Friday with the Argentine coach signing another one-year deal.
And if he sees out his new contract at Leeds into next summer, it would represent Bielsa’s longest stay at any professional club.
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