Leeds keen on signing player with £91m release clause

Marcelo Bielsa squatting

Just how much Leeds plan on spending this summer is completely unclear.

The Whites gathered an estimated £200m from being promoted to the Premier League so they won't be shy on cash reserves.

Victor Orta has identified a clear plan for Leeds to achieve and the Whites are now hoping to sign four or five players.

The vast majority of those are expected to be domestic additions, although a move for Stuttgart forward Nico Gonzalez appears to be close.

Orta spent the latter stages of last week flying around Europe and now Gonzalez has supposedly visited Thorpe Arch and Elland Road.

If that deal gets confirmed, then it'll be their third permanent acquisition of the summer following swoops for Joe Gelhardt and Charlie Allen. 

What Leeds do next is anyone's guess.

Nico Gonzalez vs Colombia

Besides links to James McCarthy, we've not seen United too interested in signing midfielders. However, fresh reports suggest they could sign one from Portugal.

That happens to be Benfica starlet Florentino Luis.

The 20-year-old has caught the eye of AC Milan, Leeds and Real Betis, but at the moment, it appears as though the former is leading the chase to sign him.

A defensive midfielder by trade, the player has a considerable £91m release clause (A Bola, via The Sun), but journalist Daniele Longo, who has reported the news, doesn't state what price Benfica are willing to sell for.

What he does reveal, though, is that on Thursday, Luis' agent met with the Benfica management team in a bid to get a new contract sorted. 

That couldn't be finalised and Luis is now keen on the idea of leaving Liga NOS behind. It's also declared that he would like a move to Milan.

Florentino Luis in pre-match

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Leeds cannot compete with a European heavyweight like AC Milan but there is no denying that if they can lure Luis to Yorkshire, he'd be a superb signing.

The midfielder is one of the most exciting young players in Europe and would fit into Marcelo Bielsa's style of football seamlessly.

That's predominantly because he knows how to pass the ball. In 2019/20, Luis secured a pass success rate of 89.2% which bodes well for a side who like to dominate possession and play the ball across the deck. 

Luis in pre-season

For context, that puts him above every single Leeds players this season besides Adam Forshaw, a man who spent three-quarters of the campaign out with an injury. 

Joao Tralhao, one of the coaches to help Luis understand his potential, has previously been full of praise for him: "Defensively he is a top, top-class player," he said.

It's clear to see why - he won as many as ten tackles and five interceptions in a Europa League game versus Shakhtar Donetsk and then won six tackles per match in this season's Champions League.

Defensively, it looks as though Luis is a freak of nature. He'd be a superb capture for Leeds United.

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