Leeds announce the signing of Robin Koch with the towering Freiburg defender arriving for £11.5m as Marcelo Bielsa’s spending spree continues
- Leeds have wrapped up the signing of Robin Koch from Freiburg for £11.5m
- The fee could rise to £13m and the towering defender has penned four year deal
- Marcelo Bielsa has already broke the club’s record fee for Valencia star Rodrigo
Leeds United have wrapped up the signing of Freiburg defender Robin Koch in a deal worth an initial £11.5million.
The fee is expected to rise with add-ons to around £13m with the 6ft 4ins star agreeing a four year contract. Koch is understood to have said farewell to colleagues at Freiburg’s training camp in Austria on Friday.
The Germany international centre-back has become Marcelo Bielsa’s second signing of the weekend after forward Rodrigo arrived from Valencia.
Robin Koch of Freiburg has joined newly promoted Leeds United in a deal worth £11.5million
The defender (right) has joined on a four year contract as their spending spree continues
Marcelo Bielsa is building his squad hoping to quickly establish as a Premier League mainstay
The club teased fans with his imminent arrival by asking: ‘Want another announcement? Reply to this message and we shall bow to public demand.’
Koch then replied: ‘Yes…why not?!’ before the club revealed his arrival.
Leeds moved for Koch after it became apparent Ben White would be staying at Brighton.
The 24-year-old features in all but two of Freiburg’s Bundesliga matches last season, helping Christian Streich’s side to eighth place, missing out on a Europa League spot by only a point.
Koch played a crucial role for Freiburg in a strong season and has represented Germany
The Whites have already smashed their transfer record by singing Valencia striker Rodrigo
Leeds have been busy this summer in preparation for their Premier League return, determined to quickly re-establish themselves as top-flight mainstays after lifting the Championship title ended their 16-year nightmare.
Marcelo Bielsa has smashed the Elland Road transfer record on Valencia star Rodrigo, bringing the striker in for £35m.
Leeds have also landed keeper Illan Meslier, Wigan prospect Joe Gelhardt and made last season’s loan of Helder Costa from Wolves permanent.