Leeds are set to chase the signature of Middlesbrough defender Daniel Ayala irrespective of whether they gain promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season.
The coronavirus pandemic has cast doubt over their current table-topping Championship campaign, while the possibility remains that the season could yet be rendered a null and void.
Other suggestions have included the current top two in the Championship - Leeds and West Brom - forming a 22-team Premier League next season, but it's likely that the remaining nine league fixtures will be played at some point later this year.
Nevertheless, United are in a healthy position to secure promotion to the top-flight for the first time since 2004 under Marcelo Bielsa, and they're seemingly already planning for the future.
According to the Daily Star, Leeds
With question marks over the future of loanee Ben White, centre back looks to be a position of need for Bielsa whenever the next opportunity arises.
And signing Ayala on a free transfer could represent an astute bit of business on the Argentine's behalf.
The 29-year-old, who started his career at Liverpool
Leeds, however, are unlikely to be the only side in for the 6ft 3in centre back, with the possibility of snatching Ayala up for nothing being an opportunity other Premier League and European clubs may want to explore.
It's believed, though, that a move to Elland Road appeals to the Boro man due to the fact it wouldn't necessitate a house move, while the possibility of working under Bielsa also intrigues Ayala.
Source : 90min