Leeds United held talks with the agent of £25 million-rated Benfica midfielder Florentino Luis last week as the Premier League newcomers look to beat AC Milan to his signature, according to Tuttomercatoweb.
If there are two things you cannot accuse Andrea Radrizzani of lacking, it is passion or ambition.
The affable Italian owner has transformed Leeds from Championship also-rans into a Premier League team in the space of just three years after luring one of the most iconic and influential coaches of the last 30 years, a certain Marcelo Bielsa, to Elland Road.
Speaking to Football Italia last week, Radrizzani unveiled his latest masterplan with Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his sights.
Florentino Luis cannot match two goal-scoring greats on reputation alone.
But, with clubs in Spain and Italy eyeing a Portuguese play-maker with a £110 million release clause, his signing would feel like another watershed moment for a Leeds side dreaming of a return to the glory days.
TMW claims that the Yorkshire giants held talks a matter of days ago with Florentino’s agent, with Benfica willing to sell for a fee in the region of £25 million.
A deep-lying midfielder who averages over three tackles per game and boasts a 90 per cent pass completion rate, the 20-year-old could ease the burden on Kalvin Phillips in the heart of Bielsa’s midfield.
Leeds do not have another player capable of replicating Phillips’ controlling influence from that ‘number six’ position, with Ben White struggling to adapt when thrust into a more advanced role.
“Florentino is a young player who has exceptional talent. From very early on, we realized that Florentino was on the road to becoming an elite player,” former Benfica coach Joao Tralhao has told Bernabeu Digital.
“I see Florentino as a logical option (for Real Madrid). He has a profile very similar to that of Casemiro and in Europe he is, without a doubt, one of the best in his position.”
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