By Craig Scott

16th Aug, 2022 | 11:10am

Leeds United must wait until 24 August to sign £35m Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos

Leeds United have looked at signing Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos but will need to wait for the Champions League qualifiers to be finished first, according to The Chronicle.

The Newcastle-based newspaper reported via their print edition on Tuesday (16 August, page 38) that Newcastle and Wolves are also keen on the 21-year-old centre-forward, who’s valued over £35million.

It is understood that even though a price has been named, Benfica won’t sell Ramos until after their upcoming Champions League qualifying clashes with Dynamo Kyiv.

Benfica play the first leg of their play-off clash with the Ukrainian giants in Poland on Wednesday (17 August) before the second leg is played in Lisbon on 23 August.

After that, Benfica could be receptive towards a sale – especially if they qualify for the group stages and are rewarded with a massive financial windfall.

Late summer swoop?

If Leeds do sign Ramos, they’ll have to leave it as a late summer signing.

It’s understandable that Benfica would want to keep Ramos for their games against Dynamo Kyiv.

He scored a hat-trick in the last round of qualifiers as the Portuguese giants knocked out FC Midtjylland of Denmark.

Ramos netted three times in the first leg of the Champions League qualifier while he’s also grabbed one goal in the Portuguese top-flight too, meaning he’s got four goals in four games so far this season in all competitions.

Ramos is young, exciting and could be someone with a massive amount of resale value in the future if he develops well at Leeds.

Victor Orta can play a real blinder by signing the Portugal Under-21 international, who would surely be good enough to put pressure on Patrick Bamford for his spot in the starting line-up or step in when the England forward is struggling or is injured.

Leeds cannot ignore their striker issues in the last couple of weeks of the summer transfer window.

Rodrigo’s goalscoring run won’t last forever.

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