Striker agents jet in for Leeds meeting in bid to seal deal after 8-figure offer tabled – report
The agents of Basel striker Arthur Cabral are jetting into Europe to try to seal a deal with Leeds United, according to UOL.
The report claims that Leeds have made an offer totalling £16.1m, with £13.5m up front and a further £2.6m in performance-related clauses.
Basel are still holding out for a fee of £18m for the player.
The meeting, with agents Paulo Pitombeira and Luiz Portela, is said to be taking place in Lisbon, Portugal on Tuesday.
It claims that Portela is arriving in Lisbon at 6.20am tomorrow.
Cabral wants to play in the Premier League next season.
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Cabral in self-isolation
Cabral is out of action at the moment after testing positive for COVID-19. He has to self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days.
This was reported by Basel on August 19 and would see Cabral coming out of quarantine on Saturday.
ℹ️ Arthur Cabral, Eric Ramires and Eray Cömert have tested positive for COVID-19. They will be in quarantine for at least 10 days. Campo, who was on holiday with them, will also be in quarantine for the same duration. We wish them all a swift recovery! #FCBasel1893 #zämmestark pic.twitter.com/pPGeVkCLil
— FC Basel 1893 🇬🇧 (@FC_Basel_en) August 19, 2020
It seems this hasn’t hasn’t scuppered the deal, according to this report, with his agents now jetting in to try to get a deal over the line.
The UOL report also went into more detail over Cabral’s ownership with Palmeiras said to be entitled to 30% of his value in any sale over €2.5m.
At a fee of £16.1m, that would equate to £4.1m going to Palmeiras, although the report claims another former club, Ceará, believes it is entitled to half of that.
That’s a detail that could cause complications in the deal.
Basel would be set to make a big profit regardless, for a player who cost them £3.9m that was paid in instalments.
We like the idea of Cabral, even if he is untested at Premier League level.
His shots map from WyScout shows the sort of striker he is, with the majority of his goals in the 19/20 season coming from in and around the six-yard box, with three outside the area.
He’s a strong player who’s good in the air (6.73 aerial duels per 90 compared to 3.34 for Bamford) and one who seems ready to take the step up to the big time.
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