Leeds close-in on Koch with Freiburg defender set to cost £11.5m

Leeds close-in on Robin Koch signing with the towering Freiburg defender set to cost £11.5m as Marcelo Bielsa’s spending spree continues

  • Leeds are building a strong squad for their Premier League return this summer 
  • Marcelo Bielsa has already broke the club’s record fee for Valencia star Rodrigo
  • They are now close to signing centre-back Robin Koch from Freiburg for £11.5m
  • The fee could rise to £13m and the towering defender is set for a four year deal  

Leeds United are close to securing their second signing of the weekend with an initial £11.5million deal for Freiburg defender Robin Koch.

The Germany international centre-back is understood to have said farewell to colleagues at Freiburg’s training camp in Austria on Friday and is to conclude his move to Leeds over the weekend prior to linking up with the national squad on Monday.

The fee is expected to rise with add-ons to around £13m with the 6ft 4ins defender due to agree a four year contract.

Robin Koch of Freiburg is close to agreeing a deal to join newly-promoted Leeds this summer 

The defender (right) is set to cost the Elland Road club £11.5m, offering a four year contract 

Marcelo Bielsa is building his squad hoping to quickly establish as a Premier League mainstay

Leeds moved for Koch after it became apparent Ben White would be staying at Brighton.

The 24-year-old features in all but two of Freiburg’s Bundesliga matches last season, helping Christian Streich’s side to eighth place, missing out on a Europa League spot by only a point.   

Leeds have been busy this summer in preparation for their Premier League return, determined to quickly re-establish themselves as top-flight mainstays after lifting the Championship title ended their 16-year nightmare. 

Koch played a crucial role for Freiburg in a strong season and has represented Germany 

The Whites have already smashed their transfer record by singing Valencia striker Rodrigo 

Marcelo Bielsa has smashed the Elland Road transfer record on Valencia star Rodrigo, bringing the striker in for £35m. 

Leeds have also landed keeper Illan Meslier, Wigan prospect Joe Gelhardt and made last season’s loan of Helder Costa from Wolves permanent. 




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