Andrea Radrizzani said a couple of things that got Leeds United fans very excited last Monday.
Talking in a post-season press conference, as quoted by Leeds Live, Radrizzani said he was currently in Europe ready for a meeting with a player he wanted to sign for next season.
He followed that by saying that Leeds could break their transfer record – currently the £18m the club paid for Rio Ferdinand back in 2000.
“I can’t tell you where I am now but I’m in a place in Europe approaching a meeting for a player for next year,” said Radrizzani. “I’m enjoying it, but I’m also enjoying working for the future.
“What is our transfer record? Yeah, I think we could break it soon.”
There’s one transfer report that matches up with this and it’s from a decent source.
beIN Sports correspondent Tancredi Palmeri has a good track record with stories and was very specific in a report on Tuesday.
He said that Leeds had met with the agent of Benfica sensation Florentino, Bruno Carvalho, last week.
Palmeri also said that the fee for the player would be between £18m and £27m.
He added that the contact had started way back in February with a view to progressing if Leeds got promoted.
This all matches up brilliantly and leads us to believe that Florentino could be the player that Radrizzani was alluding to.
Florentino certainly fits the bill as a Bielsa player.
Able to play as a defensive midfielder or on the right of central midfield, he would offer cover for Phillips as well as playing in a more advanced position.
He’s fast and versatile, although he’s best in the spot taken by Phillips – he’s been compared to Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante.
Depth in positions is something that Leeds need but Bielsa must have plans for Florentino if he is the player Radrizzani wants to sign. He’s not going to sign to sit on the bench at Leeds.
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