Leeds United join the hunt for Silkeborg centre-back Frederik Alves Ibsen

The winter transfer window is still a two months away from officially opening up. However, that does not often stop clubs for making offers to buy players from other clubs.

The reports in England suggested that Leeds United have joined the hunt for Silkeborg centre-back Frederik Alves Ibsen.

The 20-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.

The Denmark international joined Silkeborg from Coritiba on a free transfer in January 2017. His contract expires in the summer of 2024.

In 49 appearances for Silkeborg, Alves Ibsen has managed to create one goal for his teammates.

Frederik Alves Ibsen
Frederik Alves Ibsen

The 20-year-old is considered to be one of the best centre-backs in Denmark.

Frederik Alves Ibsen has represented Denmark at Under-20 and Under-21 level, winning 7 caps.

He is set to be a man in demand in the winter transfer window, with a host of clubs queuing up to pursue his signature.

Marcelo Bielsa wants to sign a new centre-back and Alves Ibsen is one of the names at the top of his wishlist. He has always been a manager who keeps his eyes on the most talented young players across the globe.

The Denmark international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of defensive player Bielsa wants to target in the winter transfer window.

The Silkeborg centre-back heavily relies on his ability to read the game. It is coupled with his sensible tackling and an excellent sense of positioning, allowing him to repel most of the danger in the defensive third. He would provide a good variety to Leeds United’s defense.

According to the report, “Leeds are reportedly ready to hijack West Ham’s bid to sign Silkeborg centre-back Frederik Alves Ibsen in a bargain deal. According to Danish website Bold, the Hammers were set to sign the defender in January for around £1.2 million. But another Dabish media outlet, BT, now states that Marcelo Bielsa’s men are also in the running for the 20-year-old. The report adds that Bielsa wants to bring in the towering defender as a project to work on for the future.”

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Leeds will have to come up with the right proposal to convince Alves Ibsen to join the club.

Silkeborg are preparing to sell their centre-back should they receive right offer for him.

Good signing for Leeds United?

It is smart from the club to invest in younger players, rather than splashing out big money on experienced players with no resale value.

If Alves Ibsen is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Leeds.

As for the player, Leeds United could be a great place for him to grow as a footballer. They will be able to provide him with regular first-team football and he will be coached by a very good manager like Marcelo Bielsa.

It will be interesting to see if Leeds can beat their rivals to the centre-back’s signature.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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