By Mark Smith

5th Jun, 2020 | 11:30am

Leeds in pursuit of Portuguese midfielder with CL experience - report

Leeds United are interested in Benfica midfield sensation Florentino Luis, according to ESPN.

The Portuguese youngster has also been tracked by the likes of Manchester United, AC Milan and Bayer Leverkusen after having limited playing time this season.

Luis is one of Europe’s most-highly rated starlet after winning the European Championship with both Portugal under-17s and 19s.

Luis’ agent, Bruno Carvalho Santos has commented on the links, confirming that clubs from a number of countries are interested.

“Florentino is one of the highest-rated young defensive midfielders in Europe, so there is a lot of interest in him at the moment,” he told ESPN.

“There has been a lot of talk about Milan, but I can tell you that there is a lot of competition for his services, with clubs in England, Germany and Spain also following him closely.”

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It has also been confirmed that Benfica would allow the 20-year-old to leave the club on a loan deal with an option to make it permanent – something which could suit the Whites perfectly.

With Leeds already having nearly £50million in permanent transfers in the summer for the likes of Jack Harrison, Helder Costa and Jean-Kevin Augustin, being able to bring Luis to the club temporarily before potentially making it permanent after a year in the Premier League would suit all parties.

It would give Luis a chance to cement his spot under Marcelo Bielsa as Leeds attempt to do the same in the top-flight, some would say he could fit like a glove at Elland Road.

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