By Mark Smith

13th Jun, 2022 | 10:45am

Leeds United lead race to sign New York City striker Valentin Castellanos

Leeds United are now leading the race to sign New York City striker Valentin Castellanos this summer, according to Dean Jones on Sunday evening [12 June].

The self-proclaimed transfer insider has reported that many clubs have scouted the Argentine, but it is the Whites who are out in front as things stand.

Victor Orta is looking to strengthen in the final third after the huge injury struggles of Patrick Bamford in the 2021-22 season which caused big trouble at Elland Road.

Speaking to GIVE ME SPORT in his transfer update, Jones, who has also written for EuroSport, reported the latest on the race for the South American.

“He’s highly thought of and has been scouted by a lot of clubs,” he said.

“Man City are not going for him at this stage, but I think they would have had first option on him, so they’re opening up to other Premier League clubs, and right now, Leeds are the frontrunners.”

Get it done?

Castellanos has been mentioned frequently in recent weeks, but that doesn’t appear to have materialised into anything concrete form the Whites.

Victor Orta is currently working on a deal for Bayern Munich midfielder Marc Roca, with Phil Hay reporting that deal is only waiting for the “white smoke”.

That then leaves the final third as the last urgent matter within this squad before the transfer window has even officially opened – organisation we thought we’d never see at Elland Road.

If Roca does follow Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen through the door, it will be interesting to see if the Whites do put their foot on the gas with Castellanos.

Despite never being given that big chance in Europe, the South American is certainly making the MLS look easy, firing his way to the golden boot last season.

With scouts from numerous clubs watching on, it may be time for Leeds to make their official move.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are readying a new bid for a blockbuster striker signing according to Phil Hay after Premier League survival