Leeds United have been linked with a move for Torino centre-back Lyanco, according to a report from Portuguese outlet O Jogo.

They claim that Sporting Lisbon have put together a proposal of £4.5m for 60% of Lyanco’s rights.

That’s not enough for Torino, who are said to want £9m for the 23-year-old.

The report claims that Leeds can meet the asking price but are also willing to make a better offer to the player.

Bologna and Lille are two other clubs who are said to have the financial might to make the deal happen.

Lyanco signed a contract extension last year and that would keep him at Torino until 2024.

However, Gianluca Di Marzio has reported that the Brazilian wanted more game-time in the last season and is thinking about a move.

Lyanco made 17 appearances in Serie A last season with 15 starts, although he did miss a chunk of the season through injury.

Sporting have reportedly held talks with the player’s agent over the past week but it doesn’t sound like they’ve got the financial clout to pull the deal off.

Di Marzio says that Torino are keen to avoid a loss on the player if they sell him and that could see him move for just £6.3m – the sum that Torino paid for him back in 2017.

Would he fit the bill at Leeds? He’s right-footed, which would see him fit alongside Liam Cooper.

He’s a forward-thinking centre-back, too, who likes to dribble out. He made just under two dribbles per game last season, with a 64.7& success rate. [WyScout] That compares to just 0.77 per game from Ben White.

Lyanco is also said to be fast and powerful – two other qualities Bielsa would be looking for – and was named second-best player in the 2019 Toulon Tournament for Brazil.

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