Luis Sinisterra: Victor Orta warned of serious mistake over signing as timeline on transfer to Leeds emerges

Luis Sinisterra of Feyenoord Rotterdam during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PEC Zwolle and Feyenoord at Mac3Park Stadion

Leeds United are growing increasingly confident of securing the signing of Luis Sinisterra, with the Colombia star seen by Victor Orta as an ideal replacement for Raphinha.

Whites winger Raphinha remains in a state of flux as the wait to secure his future continues. Indeed, with the player seemingly turning his back on a move to Chelsea, it’s now a case of Barcelona or bust for the Brazilian. Regardless of where his future lies, Leeds appear to be pressing on without him.

To that end, the Whites have struck a deal with Feyenoord for Colombia winger Sinisterra. The 23-year-old will move to Elland Road off the back of an excellent season with the Rotterdam club. He registered 23 goals and added 14 assists as his club reached the UEFA Conference League final.

And with Leeds agreeing an initial £21.4m (€25m) fee for Sinisterra, the club looks to have quickly found an able replacement for Raphinha.

Indeed, as per reports, Sinisterra will sign a five-year deal at Elland Road, becoming their sixth arrival of the summer.

And after tying up a deal for Tyler Adams on Wednesday, Leeds will now turn their attention to wrapping up the signing of Sinisterra.

He will reportedly undergo a medical with Leeds on Thursday. And the Whites hope to confirm his signing before the end of the week. United depart on a pre-season tour of Australia on Sunday and want the signing of Sinisterra wrapped up before then.

Indeed, there is much optimism around Leeds thanks to their summer transfer dealings. While they look likely to lose their two biggest names with Raphinha likely to join Kalvin Phillips in leaving, Victor Orta’s active nature on the transfer fron deserves applause.

The fee for Sinisterra will represent a club-record sale for Feyenoord. And while many perceive his signing as a bargain, one observer has dropped a warning to Orta and Leeds over the deal.

Indeed, De Telegraaf journalist Valentijn Driessen claims Leeds are paying way over the odds for Sinisterra.

Leeds warned over Luis Sinisterra transfer fee

He says the fee, which could top £25.6m (€30m) with bonuses, is too lofty. And he reckons Feyenoord have done a good job securing that sort of cash from Leeds United.

“This has everything to do with that Conference League, doesn’t it? Certainly the final phase and the fact that Feyenoord got that far,” Driessen told De Telegraaf.

“That is, of course, the reason why he is so profitable because he showed himself in the Conference League and only in the final was he a bit less. But he is a player.

“The English have so much money, too much in fact, that they are willing to pay these kind of amounts for Sinisterra. He still has to prove himself in England.

“But the amount is going to be at least €25m. I think with bonuses; they go to 30. An amount I had never taken into account. Certainly not.

“In this case, that’s a lot of money for Sinisterra. He (Feyenoord chief executive Dennis te Kloese) did that very well. He was, of course, lucky that Everton were also interested in Sinisterra, which drives up the price. Te Kloese has done a good job.”

Despite the warnings, all at Leeds seem happy with the signing.

Playing off the left wing, with a right foot, he has the characteristics needed to be the new crowd pleaser at Elland Road.

That’s a view shared by Colombia teammate Davinson Sanchez. The Tottenham man has explained why Leeds are getting something special with Sinisterra, likening him to Luis Diaz.