By David Woods

4th Sep, 2020 | 6:35am

Report: Leeds & Brighton in hunt for £3.5m-rated ace from relegated side, former owner holds key

Leeds United and Brighton are in the hunt for Brescia centre-back Jhon Chancellor, according to Tuttosport (via TMW).

The report claims it would cost between £3.5m and £4.5m to sign the player who’s under contract with the Serie B side until 2022.

Leeds could be in the market for a second centre-back after failing in their bid to bring Ben White back on a permanent deal – ironically, from Brighton.

28-year-old Chancellor signed for Brescia last summer for a fee of £1.4m and helped the club down to the second tier in Italy.

He played 27 times last season and scored three goals.

File under ‘not going to happen’

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Three things are notable about this story. First, Chancellor is a full Venezuela international and could be looking for a move after his side were relegated last season.

Secondly, the Brescia owner is none other than Massimo Cellino, former Leeds owner, who got through an incredible six managers in his ill-fated reign at Leeds.

The best thing he did was sell the club to Andrea Radrizzani, who’s shown him what a proper owner can do at the club.

Thirdly, the report also claims Brighton are in the hunt for the player. This is the same Brighton who were said to have too many centre-backs by owner Tony Bloom.

They’ve kept hold of Ben White and sent Shane Duffy out on loan to Celtic.

The last thing they need is another centre-back.

Add all of these together and you’ve got a story that we really don’t put much stock in.

As far as centre-backs, Leeds are reportedly looking at Alex Tuanezebe, Ben Cabango and Josko Gvardiol.

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