By Nick Ware

1st Dec, 2021 | 3:10pm

Leeds United line up 'new Mourinho' Abel Ferreira as potential Marcelo Bielsa successor

Palmeiras manager Abel Ferreira has emerged as one of the “main candidates” to succeed Marcelo Bielsa if he leaves Leeds United, according to UOL.

The Brazilian news outlet claims Ferreira, 42, is highly-rated by Leeds as they await Bielsa’s decision over whether to extend his Elland Road stay beyond the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

The Portuguese boss, dubbed the “new [Jose] Mourinho” by many [Goal], is currently en route to take a vacation in Portugal as he plots his next move, though he has already rejected offers from Al Rayyan (Qatar), Al Nassr (Saudi Arabia), Fenerbahce (Turkey), Bordeaux (France) and Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine).

Another Special One?

Ferreira is currently in charge of Brazilian club Palmeiras, who he has led to consecutive (2020, 2021) Copa Libertadores titles, the South American version of the Champions League.

His previous clubs include Braga and Greek outfit PAOK.

He has impressed as a manager since retiring from playing, where Leeds fans will be intrigued to hear about a goal he scored while playing for Sporting Lisbon in November 2007.

Ferreira scored at Old Trafford in a 2-1 win against Leeds’ bitter rivals Manchester United in the Champions League.

For now, though, any move is surely on the backburner.

It’s still December, and plenty of time for Bielsa to pledge his allegiance to Leeds and extend his stay.

The Argentine tends to make his decision at the end of the season, but the Whites may wish for him to push that forward now as it creates uncertainty and could affect their transfer plans.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are plotting a January move for this La Liga centre-forward as Marcelo Bielsa ‘Demands’ signing.