Leeds United have already been linked with a number of potential transfer targets in the striking department this summer, and the window hasn’t even opened yet. 

Mbaye Diagne and Habib Diallo have been touted as two players who Marcelo Bielsa could turn to in an effort to bolster his ranks ahead of a prospective assault on the Premier League next season.

And, according to transfer journalist Nicolo Schira, another player who could be on the shortlist at Elland Road is Argentinian Adolfo Gaich.

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The 21-year-old has hit five goals in 12 league outings for San Lorenzo in his home country this term, and was handed his full international debut towards the end of last year.

He looks like an exciting prospect, but if Leeds are to land him this summer, they could face a real uphill battle.

For starters, Gaich is also said to be a target for Championship promotion rivals West Brom.

According to Argentinian outlet TYC Sports, the Baggies are considering a raid for the hitman in the coming weeks, and are interested in activating his £12 million release clause.

Crucially, however, TYC also suggest that Italian giants Inter Milan and this season’s Champions League surprise package Atalanta are also keen – and that’s where the real problems could begin for the Whites’ hopes of landing the forward.

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Speaking to Italian outlet Calcio Mercato earlier this week, Gaich’s agent, Pablo Carro, suggested that the player has his heart set on a move to Serie A.

He said: “He would like to move to Italy, but he is targeted by many clubs.

“[Release] Clause? $15 million [£12 million], however, he could be purchased for less “.

On the face of it, that’s a really discouraging update for the Whites.

If a player is keen on a move to Italy and there are Italian clubs interested in him, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to postulate on where he might end up.

That being said, stranger things have happened than a sudden change of heart, and with an Argentinian legend at the helm and a release clause that seems more than reasonable, perhaps Leeds shouldn’t be entirely disheartened by Carro’s comments just yet.

It could take a lot to land Gaich, but it’s not an impossibility.

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