Leeds will have to pay £13.4m to land promising defender

Lyanco vs Juventus

The last 24 hours or so has been an absolute whirlwind for Leeds.

Kalvin Phillips was called up to his first England squad by Gareth Southgate, and then a matter of hours later, Victor Orta was breaking a 20-year long transfer record.

Not since 2000 have Leeds paid more for a signing than Rio Ferdinand.

However, they can now wave goodbye to that hoodoo.

That's because Spanish striker Rodrigo is all set to play his part in the Premier League next season. Valencia have confirmed he'll be departing and with that, a supposed £31m deal is pretty much done. 

Leeds are set to follow that up with the arrival of Sam Greenwood too. He might not be a record arrival but he'll add a great deal of quality to the club's academy.

Orta has been a busy man and it would also appear that they're confident of landing German defender Robin Koch.

Marcelo Bielsa

It's no secret that Leeds need to improve defensively and more than just one centre-back will be required.

That's reason number one for targeting Torino defender Lyanco.

Rumours first emerged of Leeds' interest in the Brazilian defender a few weeks ago but those claims have been backed up this week by Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness). 

It's reported that PSV, Bologna and Sporting Lisbon are also attracted by the idea of signing the 23-year-old centre-back. 

However, they'll have to write a fairy large cheque if they do want to secure his services.

A newer report from Tuttosport (via Sport Witness) breaks down how the transfer could be arranged. They suggest any suitor will need to pay €12m + €3m in bonuses (£13.4m) in total. 

Sporting have already made a bid of €6m + 50% of the profit they make from Lyanco's next sale.

Lyanco vs Juventus

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Lyanco is far from a household name but he's mightily impressive. For starters, he is perfect for Marcelo Bielsa's defence.

The Argentine likes Leeds to play out from the defence and work the ball forward along the deck. The Torino defender would be able to do this comfortably, primarily because he's a good passer of the ball.

In 2019/20, he completed 85.3% of his passes which is a higher tally than Ben White managed for the club last season. Already, we're starting to see why Leeds might be interested in Lyanco.

Lyanco vs Lazio

On top of that, he's a big game player.

In the Turin derby between Juventus and Torino in November 2019 he put in a robust performance to keep both Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala quiet. 

Lyanco's side may have succumbed to a 1-0 defeat but neither of Juventus' best players were able to get on the scoresheet. In preventing them from finding the net, the youngster won two tackles and made four clearances.

There are certainly plenty of positives here.

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