Marcelo Bielsa is reportedly looking towards Molde star Fredrik Aursnes to strengthen his midfield ahead of Leeds’ big Premier League comeback.
The Elland Road side finally secured promotion from the Championship as champions last season after 16 years below the English top-flight.
Bielsa will aim to quickly re-establish Leeds’ firm reputation as a Premier League outfit, and has already strengthened with the singings of Joe Gelhardt from Wigan and and Fulham’s Cody Dramehm.
Leeds are interested in a move for £5million rated Molde defensive midfielder Fredrik Aursnes
The Norwegian has played in the Europa League for Molde, making 148 appearances there
Marcelo Bielsa is keen to add strength to his squad ahead of Leeds’ Premier League return
Next, Bielsa is taking aim at Norwegian 24-year-old Aursnes, who the Sun report will cost Leeds £5m this summer.
In 2016, Aursnes was a signing of Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his spell in his native Norway’s top-flight, with Aursnes playing alongside Erling Haaland in his team.
The midfielder has made 148 appearances for Molde, winning the title in 2019 and scoring 18 goals with 22 assists.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signed Aursnes during his spell from 2015 to 2018 as Molde boss
Aursnes (second from right, bottom row) played with Erling Haaland (top row, second left)
Aursnes has played 17 matches in the Europa League qualifying stages, helping Molde shock Sevilla in 2016 with a 1-0 victory in the second-leg of their clash – ultimately failing to progress with a 3-1 defeat.
Leeds finished 10-points clear in the second-tier last season and have looked in good shape to consolidate their top-flight status by avoiding relegation in 2020-21.
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