Leeds agree deal to sign defender Llorente from Sociedad

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Real Sociedad - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - March 7, 2020 Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action with Real Sociedad's Diego Llorente REUTERS/Albert Gea

(Reuters) - Leeds United have reached an agreement to sign Spanish defender Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad, the La Liga club have said.

Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed but British media reported Leeds would shell out up to 20 million pounds ($25.44 million) for the 27-year-old centre back.

“Real Sociedad and Leeds United have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Diego Llorente. The final agreement is subject to the player’s medical test,” the club said in a statement.

“Real Sociedad wants to express its thanks and affection towards Diego for the three years he has been part of our club and wishes him all the best in this new chapter of his career.”

Llorente began his pro career at Real Madrid but failed to cement a spot in the first team and joined Sociedad in 2017.

He made 30 appearances for Imanol Alguacil’s side last season as they finished sixth and reached the Copa del Rey final.

Leeds are looking to shore up their defence after conceding seven goals from their two Premier League games so far.

Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford