Championship title hopefuls Leeds United reportedly wanted to sign Argentine striker Facundo Colidio from Serie A powerhouses Inter Milan.
Could Leeds United really sell one of the Championship’s best finishers and replace him with a little-known 19-year-old?
According to The Mail, 15-goal top scorer Kemar Roofe is in talks with Anderlecht over a shock £7 million move to the team now managed by Vincent Kompany.
And reports in Italy suggest that a teenage Argentine could arrive in his place. FC Inter News claims that Leeds are making contact with Inter Milan about a potential £8 million deal for Facundo Colidio – a young striker who hasn’t even made a Serie A appearance since moving to the San Siro from Boca Juniors two years ago.
Leeds fans might be concerned and rightfully so. If he stays fit, Roofe is guaranteed to be at the centre of the Golden Boot race next season while to say that Colidio would be a risk is an understatement.
But quotes from Inter’s academy director Roberto Samaden might just change the mind of the more sceptical Leeds United supporters.
“Colido has great qualities,” Samaden told Tuttomercatoweb in February. “He is destined for a great career.”
The fact that Inter paid around £7 million for Colidio when he was just 17 years of age speaks volumes about the striker’s vast potential.
And Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is a coach famed for his ability to turn youngsters into established stars.