In-form Leeds player’s agent states that client will leave Elland Road this summer

Caleb Ekuban’s agent Graziano Battistini has told TuttoMercatoWeb that the Leeds United striker will be leaving Elland Road this summer to join Trabzonspor on a permanent basis.

The 25-year-old struggled at Leeds last season, after Victor Orta chose to bring the powerful striker to Elland Road from Serie A side Chievo. He managed just 22 appearances, scoring only two goals.

He was loaned to SuperLig side Trabzonspor and after a bumpy start, he has shone. Indeed, Ekuban has netted eight goals and created three more – playing out wide, up front and even in attacking midfield.

His form has been so good that he was even called up by Ghana in the last international break for the first time, and scored two goals in two games. Battistini stated he would leave Leeds to join Trabzonspor permanently this summer.

“He is doing very well at Trabzonspor, he has a great chance of being able to play the African Cup,” Battistini said. “He has important potential and he is demonstrating it. Trabzonspor will buy the striker from Leeds.

“He is a footballer ready for big stages. His moment is coming.”

SP’s view

Ekuban is said to have a permanent clause to join Trabzonspor worth just £900,000. That will be a bargain for the Turkish side, and leave Leeds to rue their decision to let him go on the cheap.

Leeds cannot revoke the clause in the contract. His form has been the standard of player worth anything up to £10million – especially considering it is in the top tier of Turkish football, which is a decent standard.

Leeds are losing a gem, then. But perhaps it was just not meant to be for Ekuban in England.

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