Leeds have promised boss Marcelo Bielsa that he will have two new attackers by the start of next season, with the Whites chasing AC Milan striker Rafael Leao, according to reports.
Bielsa’s side are gearing up for their first season in the Premier League since 2003/04 after storming to promotion. Indeed, Leeds found out on Thursday they will face champions Liverpool in their first game.
Ahead of their top-flight return, several reports have indicated attack is an area Leeds are keen to strengthen. Patrick Bamford impressed again last season but he is likely to need significant support.
According to Gianluca di Marzio, Portugal Under-21 international Leao is also on a shortlist. In fact, the source claims Leeds have already done groundwork on a deal.
Whites owner Andrea Radrizzani has reportedly contacted Milan to enquire about the 21-year-old’s availability.
Milan, however, are yet to respond and the Serie A side could yet opt to count on his services next season.
The striker, who developed at Sporting, moved across Europe to Lille in a free transfer in 2018. However, he only lasted a year in France and journeyed to Italy last summer.
He impressed in his debut season with Milan, scoring six goals and assisting two others in 33 appearances.
Leao also received encouragement from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s arrival at San Siro. Before the Swede’s arrival, he had contributed to two goals.
Following the legendary forward’s move, however, Leao chipped in with five goal contributions.
LEEDS’ RYAN KENT BID REJECTED
Meanwhile, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has revealed that the club have rejected a bid from Leeds for Ryan Kent.
The winger has gone from strength to strength at Ibrox since his permanent move from Liverpool.
And, after reports of the Whites’ interest in the winger, Gerrard has now warned Leeds about a potential deal.