Leeds hunting Dutch defender with club ‘preparing for his departure’

Date published: Thursday 30th July 2020 12:44 - Steve Pearson

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Leeds have been credited with interest in a move for an Eredivisie right-back, with current club Utretcht said to be ‘preparing for his departure’.

The Whites are expected to be busy operators in the transfer market following their promotion to the Premier League.

A host of exciting attacking talent have been linked with a switch, including a £21m-rated former Middlesbrough striker.

Dynamic playmaker Thiago Almada was also touted, though that deal appears to have cooled given recent events.

It is within the defensive ranks that the latest speculation lives, however, with The Sun noting Leeds’ interest in Utrecht right-back Sean Klaiber.

The 25-year-old has become an integral part of Utrecht’s team, helping them to a sixth-placed finish last year.

His attacking prowess has also developed, with four goals and four assists provided in the campaign.

The article (citing Dutch outlet Voetbal International) describes Leeds as being ‘keen’ on the defender, and notes that Utretcht have already begun searching for a replacement.

 

While no offers have yet been made, all the signs point towards a departure in the near future.

Vice-captain Luke Ayling has become the club’s regular right-back under Championship Manager of the Year Marcelo Bielsa. But the 28-year-old has often been tasked with deputing at right-back this season.

While a future return to Elland Road for Ben White remains unclear despite a recent boost, a move for Klaiber would open up the possibility for Ayling to cover the central positions more frequently.

 

Leeds open talks with Portuguese starlet

Meanwhile, Leeds United have made contact with the agent of Benfica starlet Florentino Luis, but face competition from two clubs in Europe, according to reports.

Florentino is one of the most highly-rated prospects in Portugal, having been in Benfica’s first team since February 2019. The 20-year-old made 15 appearances in all competitions this season.

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Ahead of their return to the Premier League, Leeds know they may need to invest in the transfer market. And Florentino is one of the players on their shortlist.

According to Calciomercato‘s Daniele Longo, Leeds have now firmed up their interest in the midfielder. The West Yorkshire side have contacted the player’s agent to signal their intents.

Benfica are willing to sell Florentino for up to €30m. However, they could make the deal easier for the buyers by letting him leave on a two-year loan with an obligation to buy.

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