Leeds could take 'gamble' over £10m star likened to Drogba

Leeds United would be taking a huge risk if they sign New York City FC frontman Valentin Castellanos in the summer, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The Whites are under new management, with Jesse Marsch being appointed as head coach on Monday, but the Yorkshire giants’ interest in Castellanos originated while Marcelo Bielsa was still at the helm.

What’s the latest news involving Castellanos?

Argentinian news outlet La Pagina Millonaria have revealed Leeds are willing to pay in the region of £10million to secure the services of Castellanos when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

The report suggests the Whites have contacted the Argentinian’s representatives to confirm their interest but Castellanos would prefer to return to his homeland and join River Plate.

Despite the frontman’s desire, TN Deportivo have hinted Leeds could be in the driving seat to get a deal over the line.

That is because the story claims River Plate are unable to afford the 23-year-old after their final bid of up to £8.8million was rejected by New York City FC.

Castellanos has been prolific in the United States and his firepower guided his current employers to a first-ever MLS Cup last season.

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What has Pete O’Rourke said about Castellanos?

O’Rourke understands why Castellanos has worked his way onto Leeds’ radar, having finished last term as MLS’ leading marksman.

However, the journalist has warned the Whites would be taking a risk which may not pay off if they strengthen their interest.

O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “He’s done very well in the MLS but it would be a gamble if they were to bring him to the Premier League.

“There’s no guarantee that he could adapt to the rigours of the Premier League as so many other top players have struggled in the past.”

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Why is Castellanos of interest to Leeds?

Castellanos has previously been praised by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and even been compared to former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.

That is no mean feat considering Drogba scored more than 100 goals in the English top flight, got his hands on four Premier League crowns and the Champions League during an impressive spell at Stamford Bridge.

Castellanos went into the weekend having scored 49 goals over the course of his club career and, thanks to still being just 23, there is plenty of time for him to develop his game even further.

New York City FC boss Ronny Deila has described his frontman as ‘fantastic’ and admitted to not being surprised at clubs coveting Castellanos.

Marsch will known all about Castellanos and the qualities he possesses due to his American contacts and previously working in MLS for New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact.

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