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Photos: Reported Leeds United target Alvaro Pereira up against Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez and more

Taking a look at a few moments in the illustrious career of a player said to be attracting interest from Leeds United.

According to a recent report from La Gazzetta dello Sport and translated by inside Futbol, Leeds United are interested in bringing Uruguay international Alvaro Pereira to Elland Road this summer.

The report is the latest in a long line of rumours relating to Leeds right now, which is no real surprise given the recent appointment of Uwe Rosler as manager, the lifting of their transfer ban and the fact that owner Massimo Cellino will be pushing hard for Premier League promotion next season.

Pereira is currently on the books at Inter Milan, for whom he has played 47 times, but the left-back – who can also play on the left wing if required – has also come up against some of the games top stars while on international duty.

The alleged Leeds target came face to face with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi in the 2011 Copa America and he showed the Argentine he meant business as the image below suggests. The match ended 1-1 with Pereira’s side ultimately going through 5-4 on penalties.

Pereira also came up against Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez earlier in the same competition, the reported Leeds target scoring in a 1-1 draw in the group stage with the then-Barca forward netting for his side.

A few years later, Pereira would also clash with Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney when his England side took on Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup.

He could not stop the Three Lions forward from scoring but he did still play his part in a 2-1 win that came courtesy of two Luis Suarez strikes.

In the knockout stages Pereira came up against one of the players of the tournament in the form of James Rodriguez, who would later go on to complete a move to Real Madrid. But this time Uruguay did not have the good fortune and they lost when the then-Monaco player scored twice.

In short, there is no question a player said to be on Leeds’ radar has the experience competing against some of the best players in the world, which would make it such a coup of Cellino did secure his signature this summer.

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