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Feyenoord are hoping to keep reported Everton and Leeds United target Marcos Senesi ‘for a long time to come’, technical director Frank Arnesen has told Fox Sports.

The £6 million centre-half only moved to Rotterdam from San Lorenzo in September.

But after overcoming a nightmare start to his Feyenoord career during a 3-3 draw with Emmen, Senesi spent the final few months of a lockdown-hit season proving exactly why the Dutch giants made him their all-time record signing.

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Dick Advocaat’s side did not lose any of their last 13 games of the campaign with Senesi in the starting XI, his commanding performances catching the eye of clubs in the Premier League.

It is no secret that both Everton and Leeds are in the market for defensive reinforcements, the former having seemingly accepted defeat in their long-standing pursuit of Lille’s Gabriel Magalhaes.

After the Mirror (5 July, page 74) linked the Toffees with the 6ft 1ins Argentine, Leeds were mentioned as a potential destination for Senesi by TYC Sports.

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“Nobody has come forward (with an offer),” Arnesen was at pains to point out when talking to Fox

“It is nice and nice that our players are mentioned at big clubs, in big countries. But we hope to be able to enjoy Senesi for a long time to come. He has only been playing here for a year.

“We don’t have to sell anyone, that’s good.”

TYC claims that Feyenoord would demand £18 million for Senesi these days, having turned down a £13 million offer from Europa League finalists Sevilla in June.

With his 84 per cent pass completion rate and an average of 2.4 successful tackles per 90 minutes, it does not take a genius to work out why Senesi has been lined up as a potential Ben White replacement by Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds.

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Leeds United summer transfers 2020

  1. Helder Costa

    Wolves (£16 million)

  2. Illan Meslier

    Lorient (£5 million)

  3. Jack Harrison

    Manchester City (Loan)

  4. Joe Gelhardt

    Wigan (£1 million)

  5. Cody Drameh

    Fulham (£800,000)

  6. Charlie Allen

    Linfield (undisclosed)

  7. Sam Greenwood

    Arsenal (undisclosed)

  8. Rodrigo

    Valencia (£26 million)

  9. Robin Koch

    Freiburg (£13 million)

  10. Crysencio Summerville

    Feyenoord (£1 million)

  11. Diego Llorente

    Real Sociedad (£18 million)

  12. Raphinha

    Rennes (£21 million)

In other news, European giants know Newcastle are in talks to sign their £96m ace