Leeds suffer double injury blow

Liam Cooper and new signing Diego Llorente have both suffered groin injuries with their countries, and have returned to Thorp Arch to receive treatment.

Of the two, Cooper’s injury is less serious, but he is facing a tough task to be ready for the visit of Wolves next Monday night. New signing Llorente is also back at the club after limping out of training ahead of Spain’s Nations League game against Ukraine on Tuesday night.

Llorente has yet to make his debut for his new club since joining from Real Sociedad, but may have to wait three weeks if initial reports turn out to be accurate.

Leeds sign Spain defender Llorente

The 27-year-old started his career at Real Madrid and moved to Sociedad in 2017, and has also picked up five caps for Spain.

The LaLiga club announced on their Twitter feed: “#RealSociedad and @LUFC have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Diego Llorente… We wish you the best of luck in this new stage of your career, Diego.”

Llorente is set to join up with fellow Spaniard Rodrigo, who moved to Elland Road from Valencia for a fee of £27million in August.

Man City on the verge of bringing in another new signing

More and more stories are linking City to Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly, suggesting that a deal is close.

la Repubblica in Italy is claiming that City are preparing an offer of around £63m but will need to improve their offer to land the defender who Napoli value at around 80.

Meanwhile, Lazio are spitting feathers after David Silva chose to a move to Real Sociedad. Claudio Bravo also left the club this week.

In other news ahead of the new Premier League fixtures being released it’s being reported that both Manchester City and Manchester United will not play on the opening weekend.

The reason why is to allow the pair extra rest having reached the latter stages of the Champions League and Europa League respectively.

There is now less than a month to go before the 2020/21 season begins, with a quick turnaround following the previous campaign that was disrupted by the global health crisis.

The new season will begin later than the usual start date of mid-August but the structure of the end of the campaign remains largely the same, with the aim of bringing things back to their usual routine by ending the season in May.