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Leeds made deadline day bid for Jose Campana

Leeds made a late attempt to sign Levante midfielder Jose Campana on transfer deadline day, Superdeporte reports.

Following Levante’s 4-2 loss to Valencia on 13 September, 27-year-old Campana informed the club that he would like a move.

He also asked Levante president Quico Catalán to lower the €30m asking price to facilitate a transfer.

That development coincided with his agent contacting Leeds, who had Campana on their list, but not as a priority.

At the time, Leeds had an agreement to sign midfielder Michael Cuisance from Bayern Munich.

The Cuisance deal collapsed, allegedly over a failed medical – something the player has since denied after joining Marseille.

And according to Superdeporte, Leeds then contacted Levante for the first time on deadline day.

€15m not enough

Leeds chief Victor Orta asked Levante if €15m plus bonuses would be enough for midfield ace Campana.

With very little time for the Levante board to debate it, the answer was no, so Leeds did not make a written offer.

Instead, Marcelo Bielsa’s team refocused their remaining budget on Rennes winger Raphinha, who joined for €15m plus €7m in bonuses.

Campana remains a Levante player, although is admired by Atletico Madrid who have permission to buy a midfielder after losing Thomas Partey to Arsenal.

However, the Rojiblancos can only commit €12.5m to a replacement, which would make any deal for Campana difficult.

As a result, Campana’s inevitable move away from Levante may have to wait until next summer.

The Sevilla youth product won his first cap for Spain last week, playing the second half of their 0-0 draw with Portugal on Wednesday.

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