Leeds United are not pursuing a deal to sign ‘the next Lionel Messi‘ in the current transfer window, according to La Nacion.

The Argentinean newspaper reports on their website that Velez Sarsfield attacker Thiago Almada is not someone who the Whites are trying to sign while Juan Foyth, Lucas Martínez Quarta, Nicolás González and Pedro de la Vega have also been ruled out.

Al Aire Libre reported earlier in the window that Marcelo Bielsa is keen to sign the 19-year-old sensation while the player himself told TyC Sports that he would like to be managed by the Elland Road boss.

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However, La Nacion’s emphatic update on the matter shows that Leeds are not going to be signing the teenager before the transfer window slams shut next month.

While we understand that a lot of transfer rumours have little weight to them, Almada is someone who we would have loved to Leeds make a play for.

Not only is the Messi comparison exciting, but the Argentina Under-20 international is also said to have “wonderful dribbling technique and has the capacity to torment defenders across the pitch” and is a “lethal finisher who is “comfortable off both feet” [Goal].

MOT Leeds News even wrote in July how we think that Almada is one of the most exciting young players we’ve ever seen linked with Leeds.

Unfortunately, the rumours don’t sound as though they were true but it was good to see us getting linked with these types of players.

Maybe, after Almada’s confession that he’d been keen on playing for Bielsa, there will come a day in the future when Victor Orta presses hard to bring the South American whizzkid to Elland Road.

But that day does not seem as though it will be coming any time soon.

In other Leeds United news, this Leeds-linked centre-back is now up for sale.

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