Leeds United want to sign Alberth Elis as Boavista 'guaranteed' to cash in on hotshot forward
Boavista are “guaranteed” to cash in on Alberth Elis this summer with Leeds United keen to sign the Honduras international, according to O Jogo.
The Portuguese newspaper reported via their print edition on 9 June (page 19) that Bordeaux have an option to sign Elis, 26, permanently after he spent the 2021/22 season on loan at the Ligue 1 club, who have suffered relegation this term.
It is understood that Boavista’s majority shareholder Gerard Lopez is also the owner of Bordeaux so a move for Elis to the French club wouldn’t boost his coffers either way.
But O Jogo claims that Leeds’ interest in the former Houston Dynamo forward means “the financial position seems guaranteed”.
Despite being relegated with Bordeaux, Elis was in prolific form for the French side in the 2021/22 season.
He scored nine goals in 20 Ligue 1 appearances, with all of those goals coming in a 14-match spell in between injury issues.
Had Elis been available all season in his loan spell at Bordeaux, you could argue that they might have avoided at least finishing bottom of Ligue 1 and potentially being relegated altogether.
Elis’ situation is an odd one as he’s spent this season on the books at two clubs owned by the same person.
Lopez owns both Boavista in Portugal and Bordeaux in Spain so whether or not Elis makes the move to France on a permanent basis makes no difference to him.
It would, however, make a difference at the two clubs individually.
Lopez has a decision to make. He can basically move his asset from one of his clubs to the other because, let’s face it, Bordeaux need the help to get out of Ligue 2 in 2022/23. Or he can get Boavista to sell Elis off to a club elsewhere and they might get a decent amount of money from Leeds.
Elis can play on the wing or as a striker but it was up front where he was at his best in France.
Leeds need a striker so let’s see how this goes.
In other Leeds United news, a club has sanctioned one of their player’s agents to enter talks with Leeds over a summer deal.