Leeds hoping to sign EFL rising star

Marcelo Bielsa and his coaching staff

This transfer window won't be easy for anyone, let alone Leeds.

The club may have been injected with a windfall of £200m following promotion, but with the restrictions COVID will bring, you can't be certain clubs will want to sell.

That was the fear Victor Orta revealed this week when speaking to The Athletic.

Leeds may have money to spend, but they must splash it wisely.

Fulham and Aston Villa both spent over £100m but struggled with Premier League life.

Under Marcelo Bielsa, the Whites are surely better placed to succeed but nothing is for certain - that's despite having a clear plan in place.

Their method of approach is to secure domestic players, with individuals like Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma being identified.

Ollie Watkins kneels

Coincidentally, their newest target is also a domestic player.

Per Football Insider, Leeds are hoping to cash in on Hull City's relegation to League One by snapping up Leonardo Lopes.

This isn't the first time Orta has looked towards a relegated Championship club with Wigan's Joe Gelhardt an option in the window. 

West Brom are also in the race for Lopes, who was a breakout star in the second tier this season, appearing 40 times after signing for the Tigers last term. 

Leeds are hoping to blow the Baggies away in their pursuit to sign Lopes, who is valued at just £900,000 according to Transfermarkt

Just how much he'll cost though is uncertain. 

Leonardo Lopes Hull City

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Lopes is described as a 'rising star' by Football Insider and it's clear to see why.

At the age of 21, he was one of the few bright sparks from Hull's troubled season.

A defensive midfielder by trade, he contributed to five goals but won 1.9 tackles per match. Compare that to the rest of the Leeds squad and he'd rank third, only behind Kalvin Phillips and Stuart Dallas.

He would undoubtedly be one for the future because as it stands, he isn't entirely cut out for the top level.

Leonardo Lopes versus Derby

Leeds saw that first hand when the Whites demolished Hull 4-0 back in February.

Tasked with marking Pablo Hernandez, the Spanish magician scored, assisted a goal and even hit the woodwork during an outstanding display.

On top of that, Mateusz Klich also created two goals as Lopes struggled to live with the quick passing play of Bielsa's side.

Lopes still has plenty to learn and would only benefit from a spell under the Argentine. This deal would be shrewd but they must develop him carefully and not throw the youngster in at the deep end.

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