Adolfo Gaich’s agent has confirmed that Leeds United were interested in signing the Argentina striker before he joined CSKA Moscow from San Lorenzo in the summer.
In June, Football Insider reported that Leeds had set their sights on signing Gaich, 21, as Victor Orta and Marcelo Bielsa hunted down a new striker for life back in the Premier League.
Eventually, the Whites landed Spain striker Rodrigo from Valencia and Gaich joined Russian giants CSKA, reportedly for around £7.5million.
In his first 12 appearances for CSKA, Gaich has scored one goal which came against Wolfsberger in the Europa League last month. He’s also started just twice in the Russian top-flight.
Now, speaking to Russian news outlet Meta Ratings, Gaich’s agent Pablo Caro has confirmed Leeds, Sheffield United, Besiktas and Feyenoord also wanted to sign the one-time Argentina international before he headed to Moscow.
“Yes, I heard about Leeds United. It’s true,” said Caro, as translated by YorkshireLive.
“But we have not yet had specific conversations with Leeds.
“Early October, right before the transfer window closed, three European clubs were ready to take Gaich, as he doesn’t get enough playing time in Russia.
“These are Besiktas, Feyenoord and Sheffield United. They were ready to pay for him as he is a top striker.”
Gaich is still a young striker so it would be unfair to say that Leeds dodged a bullet by not signing the Argentine, nicknamed ‘The Tank‘, from San Lorenzo.
He was a relatively cheap addition for CSKA considering the money that Leeds spent on their new players in the last transfer window so it remains to be seen whether or not the 21-year-old can make it in European football.
But to have caught the eye of teams in the Premier League suggest that there is something there with this player.
If he gets a chance to start regularly for CKSA he’ll probably improve his goals-to-game record but it’s not as though we’re missing him here at Leeds with Patrick Bamford banging in the goals and Rodrigo serving as an excellent addition to his versatility and ability to play in the midfield.
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