Leeds United fans might not know too much about River Plate defender Lucas Martinez Quarta but after the centre-back was linked with a move to Elland Road, it’s a good time to learn more about him.
Martinez Quarta, 24, has spent his entire career at River Plate, earning 96 appearances in all competitions, winning the 2018 Copa Libertadores and two Copa Argentinas in the process.
The Buenos Aires-born defender has impressed so much at River that last year he earned his first two caps for the Argentina national team, starting in wins against Chile and Mexico while also helping his side keep two clean sheets.
Martinez Quarta has been linked with a move to Manchester City [TNT Sports] but it has now been reported he has emerged on the radar of Championship leaders Leeds.
TNT Sports has previously reported that the defender’s release clause at River Plate is £19.8million and given how much he has impressed in the early part of his career, he could be a good replacement for Ben White at Elland Road.
According to stats by WyScout, MartinezQuarta has completed 86.3 per cent of his passes at River Plate this season. White’s completion ratio is 87.9 but that is in a second-tier division while Martinez Quarta’s is in the Argentine top-flight.
Martinez Quarta has also 12.88 recoveries per 90 minutes this season compared to White’s 12.4 while the Argentina international has also averaged more clearances and interceptions than the on-loan Brighton man.
We’re not saying that Martinez Quarta is guaranteed to be better than White, but here are some words from Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti that are bound to get Leeds fans excited.
As quoted by Goal, the former Argentina defender said that Martinez Quarta is “the most interesting [player] in Argentina.”
We understand that Leeds fans want to see White stay at Elland Road past the end of this season but everyone needs to appreciate the chances of that happening are very, very low.
Although Martinez Quarta is on the radar of Man City and other top clubs in Europe, he seems to be ready for the Premier League and ready to impress for Marcelo Bielsa.
Leeds are going to find it tough to replace White but this 24-year-old Argentina international ticks almost every single box that needs ticking.
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