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Leeds United might have to splash out £20 million for Argentina international Lucas Martinez Quarta due to a sizeable release clause in his contract, according to Clarin.

Gonzalo Montiel is not the only River Plate defender potentially on his way to England this summer.

While West Ham United continue to be linked with a Copa Libertadores-winning right-back, reports from South America emerged this week suggesting that Marcelo Bielsa could look to sign his 24-year-old compatriot for promotion-chasing Leeds (El Intransigente).

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Martinez Quarta is one of the finest defenders on the continent, winning five trophies at River Plate and securing his first two caps for the Argentinian national team last year.

A technically gifted and tenacious centre-back, the 6ft stopper looks every inch a replacement for Ben White at Elland Road, with the Championship’s answer to Virgil van Dijk returning to parent club Brighton in August.

But Martinez Quarta will not come cheap.

As pointed out by Clarin, he has a £20 million release-clause in his contract.

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You won’t need us to tell you, then, that this deal is only a possibility if Leeds are promoted to the Premier League given that the fee required to sign Martinez would make him the most expensive addition in Elland Road history.

If the Buenos Aires-born defender can replicate the impact of Leeds’ current record signing, a certain Rio Ferdinand, he would be worth every penny of that mammoth price-tag.

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