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Leeds United may not have to pay full whack for reported £20 million target Lucas Martinez Quarta – that’s according to TyC Sports.

Leeds were recently credited with an interest in Quarta, who plays as a central defender for River Plate.

It was suggested that the Whites would have to trigger the Argentine’s €22m buyout clause (around £19.7m) in order to prise him from Buenos Aires.

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But TyC Sports suggests that a lower figure could be agreed after the transfer market was weakened by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Another factor which could work in Leeds’ favour is the fact that Quarta is now in the final year of his contract.

That’s usually enough to knock quite a few Pesos off any player’s price tag – even ones capped twice for the world’s ninth-best national team, like Quarta (who is in possession, conveniently, of an Italian passport which allows him, for the time being, to circumvent the UK’s work permit regulations).

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Leeds could see Ben White return to parent club Brighton at the end of a successful loan spell this summer, which would leave the centre of their defence in urgent need of strengthening ahead of a likely return to the Premier League.

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