Henry Onyekuru has been linked with Celtic for months – but if Leeds United want to make a move then Ivan Bravo could prove decisive.
Leeds United fans cannot expect the appointment of former Real Madrid Director Ivan Bravo onto the club’s board to result in any tenuous transfer links between the Championship club and the La Liga giants.
Yet Bravo’s impressive connections from across the footballing world means new possibilities may be opened up at Elland Road, with one player in particular potentially lined up for a shock swoop.
Bravo (above, far left), who worked behind the scenes at the Bernabau from 2003 to 2010, has also played a prominent role in Qatar’s prestigious Aspire Academy.
And, according to Spanish daily AS, his appointment at Leeds United and his close relationship with co-owner Andrea Radrizzani may lead to collaboration between the academy and the Yorkshire club.
Consequently, the Europe-wide chase for 19-year-old hotshot Henry Onyekuru could be about to take an intriguing twist.
The Scottish Sun reported in January that Celtic had a £1 million bid rejected for the striker who, while scoring for fun with Belgian based outfit Eupen, is still owned by the Aspire Academy.
Brendan Rodgers’ side, who are scouring the continent for affordable, under-the-radar talents, remain one of the favourites to sign Onyekuru in the summer despite the Daily Mail reporting that a huge number of clubs, now including Liverpool, Southampton and Bournemouth are also tracking his progress.
Though the £7 million-rated teenager, who has netted 17 goals in 32 games for Eupen in a remarkable breakthrough campaign, may have another suitor in the shape of Leeds.
Garry Monk’s side are crying out for a goalscorer to take the pressure off Championship top scorer Chris Wood and Onyekuru’s prolific strike rate at the age of just 19 suggests he would be an astute long-term investment.
And if they do decide to make a move, Ivan Bravo’s connections could give them the edge for the Aspire-owned phenomenon.