By Craig Scott

2nd Dec, 2021 | 12:10pm

Leeds United make 'millionaire offer' to hire Abel Ferreira as next manager - pundit

Brazilian pundit Neto claims Leeds United have made a “millionaire offer” to hire Abel Ferreira as their next manager.

The Athletic journalist Phil Hay has a hunch that this season could be Marcelo Bielsa’s final one in charge of Leeds with speculation increasing over potential successors for the Argentine at Elland Road.

Brazilian journalist Bruno Andrade, who writes for UOL, has this week reported that Palmeiras manager Ferreira is among the “main candidates” for Leeds when they come to search for Bielsa’s replacement.

Ex-Brazil player Neto, who’s now one of the most famous pundits in the South American nation, praised Andrade’s report and added that it’s likely he’ll leave Palmeiras amid an offer from the Whites.

“Abel Ferreira has millionaire offer from Leeds United and could leave the Verdão,” said Neto on Os Donos da Bola, as translated by Sport Witness.

Who’s Abel Ferreira?

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Leeds fans can be forgiven for not knowing who is as he’s hardly a household name in English football.

While the 42-year-old is currently in charge of Brazilian giants Palmeiras, who won the Copa Libertadores for the second successive year in November, the ex-Portuguese player does have experience of managing in Europe too.

He’s managed the B teams for both Sporting CP and Braga and also had a short stint as the latter’s manager between 2016 and 2019.

Ferreira then joined Greek giants PAOK and was snapped up by Palmeiras in 2020.

It’s going to be almost impossible for Leeds to hire a replacement for Bielsa that has just as much experience and prestige in the game as the Argentine schemer.

Ferreira is relatively unknown but is making waves in South America so we can see the appeal in going for the young, up-and-coming manager.

We don’t want Bielsa to go that badly that we’re ultimately not too bothered about how may replace him.

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