Leeds United will offer £18m for Feyenoord centre-back Marcos Senesi, according to Argentinian radio station Radio Continental. 

It follows on from a tweet from Radio Continental journalist Martin Flores on Tuesday, who said that Leeds were interested in the versatile defender.

The update, relayed by Express Futbol, claims that “[Leeds] will offer £18m for the Feyenoord player.”

It describes Senesi as “One of the best defenders in Dutch football.”

Senesi could have legs

This story seems to be gathering pace quickly – and an £18m deal would see Leeds equal their transfer record. It’s the same sum they paid for Rio Ferdinand back in 2000.

If Senesi makes even half the impact that Ferdinand did on the world stage, then he’d be a very shrewd purchase.

He’s a very highly regarded player. He’s only been at Feyenoord for one season but he’s already been called “the best central defender of the Eredivisie” by Gianluca Di Marzio.

Di Marzio also said that Feyenoord wouldn’t budge from their £18m valuation and that there was interest in the player from Getafe and Sevilla.

Senesi plays on the left-side of central defence but he can also play at left-back – another position where Leeds are looking to strengthen.

He got a 7.07 rating on WhoScored for his first season in the Netherlands (Ben White got 7.09) and hit some impressive figures, winning 63.3% of his duels and 57.9% of his aerial duels. [WyScout]

They compare to White’s 62% and 55.5%. White is still the player Leeds United fans want to sign.

But, if that’s not going to happen, we think Senesi is a brilliant prospect. The only issue is that he’s left-footed, the same as Liam Cooper but that gives him his versatility.

In other Leeds United news, Ben White responds to official Leeds United post about centre-back on Twitter

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