Leeds United eye £30m Benfica sensation Goncalo Ramos amid mooted Premier League move
Leeds United are monitoring the situation around Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos amid major Premier League interest, according to 90min.
The Whites have already missed out on fellow European sensation forwards Charles De Ketelaere and Arnaud Kalimuendo but are keeping a watching brief on the 21-year-old Portuguese.
Newcastle and Nottingham Forest have already held talks over a move while the Whites are in a crowd of interest parties who have asked to be “kept aware of his availability”.
Crystal Palace, Everton, Wolves and West Ham are also on that list, as well as French giants Paris Saint-Germain who are set to sell Kalimuendo to Rennes but are intent on adding another forward.
According to 90min it would take around £30million to land the youngster, who has scored three in three games to start the season in place of the departed Darwin Nunez.
He has so far scored a total of 17 times for the senior side at Benfica, assisting seven more.
Ramos is the latest in a pattern of up-and-coming goal-scorers that United are watching on the continent as they look to bring in what they see as one of the final pieces of the puzzle this summer.
They were desperate for his age-mate De Ketelaere from Club Brugge before the Belgian made his preferred move to AC Milan, but didn’t apparently feel strongly enough to reach PSG’s asking price for 20-year-old Kalimuendo.
If they do like the look of Ramos then they are going to need to make a move pretty sharply considering they appear to be playing catch-up with top flight rivals.
If the scouting departments of that many sides have identified the young forward as one to watch then they can’t all be wrong, although it is suggested that his current coach is not entirely sold on him.
If he isn’t an upgrade on Joe Gelhardt it would probably be a waste of pretty big money to spend that much on a comparable player.
Unless they feel he is good enough to be the main man should Patrick Bamford go down with injury then they could easily let this one slide, but the possibility of significant sell-on value may be of interest.
In other Leeds United news, Jeff Stelling has predicted the result as the Whites head to the south coast for their clash with Southampton.