Girona goal-machine Cristhian Stuani could be on his way back to the Premier League, with 90Min claiming that Marcelo Bielsa is keen on the idea of bringing the Uruguayan to Leeds United.
Five years ago, Stuani joined Orta’s Middlesbrough from Espanyol in a £2.8 million deal, although he arrived shortly before the now Leeds technical director joined Boro.
And, firing the North East outfit to promotion during an impressive debut campaign at the Riverside, he repaid that investment with interest.
“He is really important and for me, it’s a shame that maybe it is not recognised how good he is and how much he is helping us,” then-Boro boss Aitor Karanka would tell ESPN.
“His numbers since he arrived here have been amazing.”
If his stats were ‘amazing’ at Middlesbrough, then they have been nothing short of exceptional since he returned to Spain with Girona in 2017.
Stuani found the net 40 times in 65 La Liga games and, while that was somehow not enough to save Girona from the drop, he has fired the Catalonia-based outfit into contention for an immediate return to the big time this season.
In 36 second tier matches, the late-blooming Stuani has scored 29 goals.
According to 90Min, his prolific track record in Spain has earned him the chance to fight Patrick Bamford for a starting place in Bielsa’s XI.
The Leeds boss is understood to be a big fan of a 6ft 1ins target man who would give a diminutive Leeds side some much-needed aerial presence from set-piece situations.