Fulham appear to be in pole position to sign Benfica midfielder Florentino Luis despite interest from Leeds United, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.

The Italian news outlet claims that AC Milan are losing grip in their bid to sign the 21-year-old, who is edging closer towards joining a club in the Premier League.

And, based on this report, Fulham are favourites to land the Portugal Under-21 international but Leeds are also said to be an option.

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Florentino was strongly linked with Leeds earlier in the transfer window.

Portuguese news outlet Maisfutebol reported in July that Leeds explored the possibility of signing the holding midfielder on a loan-to-buy basis but the Daily Mail followed up that report in August by saying that Benfica want £40million for a permanent deal.

Leeds have already spent a lot of money this summer and we highly doubt they will lock themselves into spending that £40million on a player next summer – especially after what happened with Jean-Kevin Augustin.

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For that sort of money, you would expect Florentino to be talked about as one of the best up-and-coming defensive midfielders in Europe but that simply isn’t the case.

He started just eight league matches for Benfica last season as he struggled to hold down a spot in the side while also suffering with injury issues.

Plus, Leeds have a top holding midfielder in Kalvin Phillips and also have back-up options in Adam Forshaw, Robin Koch and Pascal Struijk.

The Yorkshire giants may well have their sights on Florentino.

But are they going to sign him? There’s more chance of Patrick Bamford winning the 2020/21 Premier League golden boot.

In other Leeds United news, this new Leeds player turned down another club before heading to Elland Road.


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