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Alleged Leeds target Alvaro Pereira to reportedly be used in swap deal for Argentine-based striker

Could a player recently linked to Leeds United instead be leaving Italy for South America?

According to reports over the weekend emanating from Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport and translated by Inside Futbol, Leeds United had reignited their interest in Inter Milan full-back Alvaro Pereira.

Considering the 29-year-old has played 63 times for Uruguay, competed against some of the best in the business and featured 119 times for FC Porto and 43 times for Inter, Leeds fans would have been forgiven for getting excited.

But FC Inter News has now picked up on a report from Sky Sports Italia that Pereira will not be heading to Leeds but will instead be used in a deal to bring striker Guido Carrillo to the San Siro from his current club Estudiantes.

With Pereira recently enjoying a loan spell at that very club, the rumour makes sense, with the left-back allegedly set to complete a permanent move to Argentina as part of the deal.

If true, it is a blow to those Leeds fans envisioning a World Cup star stepping out at Elland Road next season. But it was always going to be a big ask for Leeds owner Massimo Cellino to tempt Pereira to the Championship.

Until a deal is officially confirmed, there is still time for a twist or two, but it seems Pereira will not be heading to the Whites after all.

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