With Leeds United having sealed their promotion to the Premier League, a number of marquee names have been linked with a move to Elland Road.
One of those being mentioned is Benfica’s, Florentino Luis. Portuguese outlet Record have reported that the Whites have made an approach, with the deal said to be worth around £18million.
Tuttomercatoweb released some fine details around the speculation, claiming that the midfielder is seen as a “luxury gift” for Marcelo Bielsa after he masterminded this promotion.
Everything seems to be going in the right direction for this move, but could there yet be a bump in the road for the Whites?
Leeds Live journalist Tom Victor has claimed that a change in the dugout at the Estadio da Luz could harm the Whites’ pursuit.
“With Jorge Jesus due to return as Benfica manager, it may be that the experienced coach sees Florentino as too big an asset to let him leave,” he wrote.
“However, with Leeds reported to be considering a loan move with a view to buying him permanently, if not an immediate permanent move, there’s no harm in dreaming big.”
Bielsa is clearly a big fan, and it looks like Leeds are pushing hard to bring the exciting 20-year-old to West Yorkshire next season.
The reported loan-to-buy deal would be perfect too, it would mean that Leeds won’t have to commit funds to a young player, who no matter how exciting, hasn’t experienced the Premier League.
On top of that, no matter how much of a luxury signing Luis would be, it would be hard to imagine him starting ahead of Kalvin Phillips, so let’s see how this plays out.
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