Report: Leeds United targeting emerging Benfica left-back Alexis Scholl

Swansea manager Garry Monk

The Whites are reportedly keen on the Belgian youth international as they brace themselves for life without Charlie Taylor.

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Leeds United are having to get used to the fact that they may need to brace themselves for life without Charlie Taylor, and according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, via Sport Witness, they are targeting a replacement in Benfica youngster Alexis Scholl.

Reports at the start of this week claimed that Taylor and his representative had handed in a written transfer request as he looks to force a move to the Premier League.

The 22-year-old has been linked with a host of clubs as a result of his fine individual campaign last term, and losing the star who has played 68 games in the last two seasons would be a huge blow for the Whites.

Leeds United's Charlie Taylor

However, according to Tuesday's edition of Portuguese outlet A Bola, as cited by Sport Witness, it appears as though Garry Monk has already lined up a potential replacement in 20-year-old Benfica starlet Scholl.

The Belgium youth international has just 68 minutes of senior competitive experience under his belt across three substitute appearances for the Lisbon side's B team.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Though he is hugely inexperienced and appears unlikely to make a breakthrough at Benfica, Scholl has featured for his country at both under-17 and under-19 level and is regarded as a potential future talent in Belgium in particular.

After Belgian side Gent passed up on the opportunity to make a loan spell last season permanent this summer, Benfica could look to cash in on the youngster during the transfer window.

The report suggests that Leeds have solid interest in the left-back as they look for more options in the position, and though there is no sign of any formal offer as yet, the interest may be worth keeping an eye on over the foreseeable future.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

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