By Craig Scott

18th Jan, 2023 | 12:39pm

Diogo Montero jets into UK to visit Thorp Arch with father ahead of Leeds United transfer in January

Servette defender Diogo Monteiro looks set to join Leeds United after jetting into the UK with his father, according to Tribune de Geneve.

The Swiss newspaper reported on Tuesday (17 January) that Monteiro, 17, will be out of contract at Geneva-based Servette in the summer and looks like he could make a move to Elland Road before the January transfer window ends as he turns 18 on 28 January.

It is understood that “the promising player and his dad have already made the trip to England to be received in Leeds”.

Tribune de Geneve claims that Monteiro and his father travelled to England to check out Leeds’ Thorp Arch training facilities.

The Swiss-born defender, who represents the Portugal Under-17s national team, has been left out of Servette’s four January friendly matches, potentially to avoid the risk of him getting injured.

All but done?

Leeds could be waiting for Monteiro to turn 18 before completing this transfer.

The teenage talent has already broken into the Servette first-team squad this season, playing six times for them across all competitions.

He made his first start for Servette, who are currently second in the Swiss Super League, against BSC Young Boys on 6 November, playing all 90 minutes to keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw.

In that game he played alongside some names who may be recognisable to English football fans; ex-Arsenal and Manchester City left-back Gael Clichy and former Stoke and Celtic defender Moritz Bauer.

Monteiro impressed in that game.

As per SofaScore, the Geneva-born starlet blocked one shot, made one interception, completed two tackles, wasn’t dribbled past once and won three of the four aerial duels he contended.

SofaScore’s match starting system didn’t rate an outfield player higher than Monteiro’s 7.4.

Leeds are stocking up with defenders, it seems, and Monteiro is likely to be one for the Under-21s or someone who could – and probably should – be loaned back out for the rest of the season.

We’d like to see him go back to Servette on loan for the rest of the campaign because he’s playing for them there and could win some silverware.

In other Leeds United news, a group of senior players have gone to the board amid concerns about Jesse Marsch’s leadership of the team.