By David Woods

20th Aug, 2020 | 7:33am

Striker linked strongly with Leeds tests positive for COVID-19, pulled from squad & quarantined

Leeds United are looking for a new striker but seem to be cursed at the moment, with hurdles being put up everywhere.

The latest is the news from Basel that Brazilian striker Arthur Cabral, along with two other Basel players, has tested positive for COVID-19.

They will all now be in quarantine for 10 days.

In a follow-up tweet, Basel said that none of the players were suffering from serious symptoms and were feeling well.

Cabral has obviously been pulled from squad and will miss the Swiss Cup semi-finals next month.

The news about Cabral follows an MOT Leeds News exclusive where Brazilian journalist Fernando Graziani said that Leeds were in talks over a move for Cabral, and were willing to pay between £11.7m and £13.5m for him.

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However, he also said later on that talks had reached an impasse, with the clubs too far apart on the fee, with Basel holding out for £18m.

Another striker Leeds have reportedly been in talks with, Stuttgart’s Nicolas Gonzalez, suffered a thigh tear this week.

Bad luck for Leeds

If it wasn’t for bad luck, we’d win them all.

First Gonzalez and now Cabral. The injury to Gonzalez isn’t supposed to be serious and Cabral is currently only being quarantined for 10 days.

However, it’s not good news for Leeds or for Marcelo Bielsa – the Leeds manager is renowned for wanting a full pre-season with players.

10 days from now would leave less than two weeks until the start of the season and any contact Leeds can have with Cabral now will be remote.

It doesn’t rule either out from becoming Leeds players but it has just become that much tougher.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay delivers major Ben White update from Brighton side after Leeds table final £25m bid