LEEDS have taken their summer spending to £45million with the capture of Bayern Munich midfielder Marc Roca.
The Spaniard, 25, completed a medical this afternoon before putting pen to paper on a four-year contract.
Upon joining, Roca tweeted: “I’m excited to join @LUFC 🤝
“I can’t wait to start this amazing challenge. I’ll give my best.
“Looking forward to start playing at Elland Road 🏟 Marching on Together 💙! #LUFC.”
United insist Roca has been signed to play alongside Phillips, but there is an acceptance it will be hard to keep hold of the £50m-rated England star.
Roca is Leeds’ third arrival of the transfer window after attacking midfielder Brenden Aaronson and right-back Rasmus Kristensen arrived from RB Salzburg for a combined £35m.
Roca arrived at Bayern in 2020 from Espanyol but struggled to nail down a starting spot in two seasons in Bavaria.
If Phillips does leave his boyhood club, Leeds will move for another midfielder – with Sheffield United’s Sander Berge admired.
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RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams is another option in the middle of the park.
Meanwhile, in the attacking areas Leeds have been linked with a move for Wolves winger Adama Traore.
The 26-year-old spent the second half of the 2021/22 campaign on loan at Barcelona, but there are fears the Spanish giants may not be able to finance a permanent deal.
As a result, he has reportedly been identified by Jesse Marsch’s side as an affordable target – with £20m muted as the price tag.
Leeds’ transfer chief Victor Orta signed the Spaniard for Middlesbrough from Aston Villa in 2016 and remains a fan.
The club are keen to avoid another tense relegation battle – with Marsch’s men avoiding the drop on the final of last season.