Leeds United face an uphill battle to sign Torino centre-back Lyanco, based on a new update by Portuguese news outlet A Bola.

Lyanco, 23, has emerged on Leeds’ radar this summer as Marcelo Bielsa aims to strengthen his defence for the club’s first season back in the Premier League.

O Jogo first reported Leeds’ interest earlier this week, saying that the Yorkshire club can meet Torino’s £9million asking price for the Brazilian defender.

However, A Bola’s latest information says that Lyanco would rather join Sporting CP than Leeds because they play in Portugal and will be playing in the 2020/21 Europa League.

Sporting have already tabled an offer for Lyanco too, according to these reports, with the latest development being that the Lisbon club will bid £6.7million for 75 per cent of the player’s rights.

Bidding for certain percentages of players is not something that happens in English football but it seems that any bid from Leeds would be futile with Lyanco clearly setting his mind on a move to Portugal.

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It’s not as though Leeds are missing out here, based on what we’ve gathered about Lyanco.

Last season, the former Sao Paulo defender played just 18 times in all competitions due to several injury issues and was booked in five of his 17 Serie A outings.

WhoScored says that his strengths are tackling, blocks and interceptions, which are all good attributes for a centre-back.

However, the stats show that Lyanco completed fewer tackles and interceptions per league appearance than Ben White last season and he also averaged just 38.8 passes per game compared to White’s 56.2.

If Leeds are going to bring in a new centre-back this summer – who isn’t White – then it needs to be someone who is at least as good as the Brighton man.

With Lyanco, it is quite hard to see that.

In the last season he’s shown he’s prone to injuries, is not as proficient a tackler as White and doesn’t pass the ball anywhere near as much.

In other Leeds United news, the club is in fresh talks to sign this Yorkshire-born midfielder.

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