By Saikat Mandal

7th Jun, 2022 | 3:10pm

Leeds United must act quickly to sign Gonzalo Plata as Real Valladolid plan move

Leeds United must act quickly to sign Gonzalo Plata from Sporting if they are serious about landing him in the summer transfer window.

The Whites are heavily linked with a move for the forward, with O Jogo (7 June, page 9) reporting that both Leeds and Real Betis are vying for his signature along with Real Valladolid.

Valladolid are heavily keen on him, and they are looking to offer a fee of around £5.9 million for him, as per journalist Dario Araujo Pluas, who works for Equagoal.

He wrote on Twitter: “This week Valladolid (will) present the first offer for Gonzalo Plata. (They) will put 7 million (Euros) on the table and will propose to share ownership.”

Valladolid are keen to sign the 21-year-old permanently this summer after he spent the 2021/22 season on loan with them, where he helped the club win promotion to Spain’s La Liga.

Sporting are unlikely to let him go on the cheap, also Valladolid are struggling to meet the £8.5million fee required to turn their loan deal with Plata into a permanent one. However, their latest proposal looks good.

Leeds must come up with a better offer and sign the talented forward, who looks a fantastic talent.

The youngster enjoyed a brilliant campaign last season, where he scored six goals and supplied five assists in 30 league appearances.

He has got raw pace and guile, and has all the ingredients to excite the fan base.

With Raphinha facing an uncertain future at the club, and Jack Harrison also being linked with a move away, Plata could be seen as a brilliant replacement.

There is one big issue, though. The player is waiting on a decision on a possible six-month prison sentence for a car accident, as reported by O Jogo on 5 June.

Leeds probably are waiting to see the outcome of the verdict. If Valladolid make a bid in the coming days, then surely the Whites must act quickly.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are readying a new bid for a blockbuster striker signing according to Phil Hay after Premier League survival