Leeds United have seemingly cooled their interest in River Plate defender Lucas Martinez Quarta, according to Argentine outlet El Intransigente.
The Whites have been lined with a potential summer swoop for some time now, although the same outlet reported earlier this week that Elland Road chiefs were unwilling to meet the £18 million release clause written into the centre-backs contract.
River Plater are hoping to cash in on the 24-year-old as they look to ease the financial blow of the Coronavirus pandemic.
But now it would appear that Leeds are all but out of the running for the player.
The latest piece from El Intransigente initially refers to Real Betis’ interest in the Argentine, before going on to say that the Whites’ interest in making a move “seems to be losing strength”.
It then reiterates these claims by suggesting that Leeds are no longer being taken into consideration as a potential destination for the player.
This one seems to be dead in the water.
A fresh report like this only serves to hammer home some of the whisperings we’ve been hearing in recent days, and it would be a real shock if Leeds still managed to struck a deal from here.
As well as Betis, El Intransigente suggest that a number of Italian clubs are keeping tracks on the Argentine, and given the fact that he holds an Italian passport, a move to Serie A would be a whole lot less complicated.
For their part, Leeds are said to be readying an offer for Feyenoord defender Marcos Senesi, and at this specific moment in time, we would argue that deal has a much greater chance of happening than any prospective move for Martinez Quarta.
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