By Saikat Mandal

18th Aug, 2022 | 7:40am

Leeds United must fork out £25m to sign Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos

Goncalo Ramos could leave Benfica within the next fortnight, and Leeds United must make a concrete attempt to sign him.

A host of clubs including Leeds, Everton, Southampton, Wolves and Newcastle are interested in the striker, with the latter reportedly getting ready to bid at least £33.7million for the 21-year-old Portugal Under-21s international.

According to a report from The Telegraph on 17 August, Southampton are ready to compete for the young striker, who is expected to cost £25million.

The Whites are looking to sign a striker towards the end of the window, and Ramos could be a very good option for the club.

Patrick Bamford and Joe Gelhardt remain the two out-and-out strikers, while Rodrigo has chipped in with goals.

However, the Whites still need depth in that region and they are checking on several options.

Leeds have money to spend if the right profile of player is available and that’s why making a move for Ramos makes sense.

Ramos has got four goals in four games so far this season in all competitions, and Benfica could wait for the Champions League qualifiers to be finished first before making a decision.

The youngster is an exciting talent who is far from being the finished product. Like Gelhardt, he has got plenty of room to improve and could have a massive amount of resale value in the future if he develops well.

At the price quoted above, Leeds should make a genuine attempt to lure him to Elland Road this summer. Surely, they can’t rely on Rodrigo’s scoring form, and cannot ignore the need to buy a striker.

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