Are Leeds United aiming high with their summer recruitment plans?
The Championship season may have only recently ended, but Leeds United have already been linked with a whole host of potential new players, with the appointment of Uwe Rosler as their new manager only exacerbating the reports.
But the one alleged target who should excite Leeds fans more than any other is current Uruguay international Alvaro Pereira, with La Gazzetta dello Sport – quoted by Inside Futbol – claiming the Whites want the 29-year-old.
At first glance it seems a somewhat strange rumour, with Leeds seeing Charlie Taylor blossom following the sale of Stephen Warnock before the youngster was moved further forward and Gaetano Berardi performed admirably in his place.
But if Taylor’s future is in more of an attacking role, and with Berardi more naturally a right-back, Leeds’ reported interest in Pereira makes sense.
However that is not the reason for Leeds fans to be excited. The simple fact is if Rosler and owner Massimo Cellino are targeting players of Pereira’s quality, next season could be a very exciting one at Elland Road.
He may be approaching 30, but Pereira still has much to offer, as his 63 caps for Uruguay suggest. He also previously turned out 119 times for FC Porto while the Inter Milan defender has recently returned from a successful loan spell with Estudiantes.
If he has no future at Inter there are likely to be a number of clubs interested in him, but if Leeds get their man it would be a statement of intent.
It would also show other quality players that Leeds mean business and they are a side whose interest should be taken seriously.
For now the Pereira rumours remain just that, but signing a quality international early in the transfer window could make luring other targets to Leeds considerably easier while also adding some much-needed experience to the relatively young squad.