Marc Roca is Leeds boss Jess Marsch’s third summer signing after joining from Bayern Munich

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Spanish Marc Roca is Leeds boss Jesse Marsch’s third signing of the summer after the Premier League side agree a £10.4m deal with Bayern Munich

  • Marc Roca, 25, is Leeds boss Jesse Marsch’s third signing of the summer
  • Roca joins Elland Road on a four-year-deal after a reported fee of £10.4million
  • The Spanish joins after only 13 games for Bayern Munich last season

Leed United have signed Bayern Munich Marc Roca on a four-year deal for an initial 10.4million.

The 25-year-old former Spain Under 21 international flew to England on Thursday night ahead of his medical at Thorp Arch on Friday. He will become Leeds’ third signing of the summer following the arrival of Red Bull Salzburg pair Brenden Aaronson for £21m and Rasmus Kristensen for £14m.

Leeds agreed a fee for Roca earlier this week with bonuses taking the overall price to £14.7m. It takes their total expenditure so far this summer to nearly £50m.

Marc Roca has struggled to make an impact at Bayern Munich under Julian Naglesmann

Roca was welcomed to the club at his medical by Leeds player Adam Forshaw, who is in rehab after fracturing a kneecap.

Roca told Leeds fans via a club statement: ‘It’s a new experience and a new challenge for me. Leeds United gave me the chance and the opportunity. I will give everything and give my best.

‘Everyone told me the Premier League is the best league in the world and the history of Leeds United is amazing, I hope we can do good things here.

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch has been busy and Roca becomes his third signing this summer

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch has been busy and Roca becomes his third signing this summer

‘I have spoken with Junior Firpo, I played with him in the Spanish U21 national team, now it’s time to talk with Rodrigo and Diego Llorente as well. Then I can meet all my new teammates and I can’t wait to start playing!

‘Junior told me it’s an incredible club with an amazing atmosphere in the stadium and that the teammates here are incredible, the locker room is incredible and for that I am very happy.’

Roca, who won caps for Spain at Under-19 and Under-21 level, joined Bayern in October 2020 from Espanyol, where he played over 100 games, on a five-year deal which was due to expire in the summer of 2025.

But the deep-lying player struggled to secure a starting place at Bayern under Julian Nagelsmann, with nine of his 15 Bundesliga appearances coming off the bench, playing only 24 games in two seasons.

The Yorkshire club released a statement, saying: ‘Leeds United can today announce Marc Roca will join the club on July 1 2022 after an agreement was reached with FC Bayern Munich.

‘The 25-year-old will join on a four-year-contract running until the summer of 2026, for an undisclosed fee.’

Rasmus Kristensen joined from Red Bull Salzburg

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Danish Rasmus Kirstensen and American Brenden Aaronson have joined from RB Salzburg

Leed are braced for a bid from Manchester City for their Englands Kalvin Phillip, who is changing agents, but Roca is not seen as a direct replacement.

The club will move for another if Phillips departs and City hope to sign the England international for about £45m.

Leeds want to add a striker too with Paris Saint-Germain’s Arnaud Kalimuendo, 20, among those discussed.

They remain in talks with Birmingham City for England Under 18 Tottenham Hall and want West Ham 18-year-old forward Sonny Perkins amid competition from Aston Villa and.

The Yorkshire club released a statement, saying: ‘Leeds United can today announce Marc Roca will join the club on July 1 2022 after an agreement was reached with FC Bayern Munich.

‘The 25-year-old will join on a four-year-contract running until the summer of 2026, for an undisclosed fee.’

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