Midfielder wanted by Leeds available for £2.5m loan fee, £40m to make deal permanent - report
Benfica want a lot of money for Leeds United target Florentino Luis, according to The Daily Mail.
The newspaper claims that Leeds, Fulham and AC Milan are all in the hunt to sign the 20-year-old midfielder, who can play as a defensive midfielder or in a box-to-box role.
It is understood that Benfica will be receptive to offloading Luis and would be willing to send him out on a loan-to-buy deal with an initial loan fee of £2.5million.
However, the Portuguese giants then want £40million for the deal to be made permanent next summer.
We doubt that Leeds will agree any obligations to sign Florentino, especially with the on-going fiasco regarding Jean-Kevin Augustin.
Florentino was in and out of the Benfica side last season with niggling injury issues so he only made 10 Liga NOS appearances, two in the Champions League and one in the Europa League.
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Marcelo Bielsa demands a lot from his players.
He doesn’t change his starting line-up that often and his training sessions are infamous for how gruelling they are.
With Florentino spending a year on and off the treatment table, we don’t know whether he’d be able to cope with Bielsa’s murderball sessions and demands of 110 per cent work-rate no matter what.
Of course, the Portugal Under-21 international is likely to be fully recovered now but Augustin wasn’t fully fit when Leeds signed him so we doubt they would sign anything that includes a £40million obligation-to-buy.
In other Leeds United news, this player’s future remains unclear at Elland Road.