SINSHEIM, GERMANY – JANUARY 24: Konstantinos Mavropanos of Stuttgart controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between TSG Hoffenheim and VfB Stuttgart at PreZero-Arena on January 24, 2023 in Sinsheim, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Leeds United have been linked with VFB Stuttgart centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos during the January transfer window.

The 25-year-old former Arsenal defender was first rumored to be a target for the Whites during the January transfer window, with image journalist christian falk revealing to CaughtOffside that Leeds were interested in signing Mavropanos at the end of the window.

The Greek international only joined the Bundesliga side permanently in the summer for a reported maximum fee (including add-ons) of around £4.5m, according to The mail.

Diego Llorente has gone on loan to AS Roma with a view to a permanent summer transfer, which could open the door for Leeds to sign a centre-back.

How much would Mavropanos cost Leeds?

STUTTGART, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 5: Konstantinos Mavropanos of VfB Stuttgart looks dejected after the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and SV Werder Bremen at Mercedes-Benz Arena on February 5, 2023 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Those initial reports from Falk suggested that it could cost the suitors around £13 million.

However, the German departure Kicker they are now reporting it will cost around €20m (£17.6m) this summer, amid interest from Nottingham Forest.

They also report that Stuttgart sporting director Fabian Wohlgemuth has confirmed that the club has not received any offers for Mavropanos so far.

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Mavropanos would be an excellent signing for Leeds if the club were to improve their group of central defenders this summer.

At 25, there is also time for him to grow and develop, but more than anything he would improve speed and athleticism in the Leeds back line, whilst also being strong in the air.

Mavropanos is fast and has excelled in the Bundesliga. It would be a nice upgrade for the right-centre spot. Leeds lack recovery speed in their defense and could play higher up the pitch with more mobile defenders at the club.

There would also be the added bonus of potential resale value for the player, should he impress in the Premier League. The price seems fair, given his improvement in Germany since he left Arsenal.

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