Feyenoord have ‘little choice but to sell’ as Leeds eye £18m defender

Date published: Wednesday 5th August 2020 9:47

Marcos Senesi

Leeds have been linked with a move for Feyenoord defender Marcos Senesi, according to reports in Argentina.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are gearing up for a busy transfer window following their promotion to the Premier League. They are likely to target up to two new centre-halves, a left-back, a striker and an attacking midfielder.

Top of the priority list, however, remains plugging the gaps in their central defence. Ben White is back at Brighton following the expiry of his year-long loan. While Leeds remain hopeful of landing White permanently, they are considering alternatives.

Last month they were linked with River Plate defender Lucas Martinez Quarta, rated at €15m.

The Argentine boasts impressive stats and seemingly has the attributes required to succeed in a Bielsa side.

Now, Radio Continental journalist Martin Flores claims they are also considering a move for another Argentine.

That man is Feyenoord defender Senesi, who Flores claims is being ‘targeted’ by the Championship winners.

The former San Lorenzo man is contracted to the Rotterdam side for three more years having joined last summer. He made 25 appearances over the aborted 2019/20 season in the Eredivisie and has caught the eye.

As per Fox Sports, Feyenoord coach Dick Advocaat would be loathe to lose the defender. But his side know a sizeable offer from Leeds would leave them with little choice but to sell.

The report claims the Dutch side have quoted Leeds €20m (£18.07m) for Senesi. However, it’s unclear at this stage whether Leeds would be willing to meet their asking price.

 

Ben White hope for Leeds

Brighton chairman Tony Bloom has confirmed plans to trim the squad down. He has referenced his club’s “abundance” of centre-backs – including Leeds United target White.

White, however, recently returned to the Seagulls after the end of his loan spell in West Yorkshire. He has since been joined there by former Ajax defender Joel Veltman.

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Bloom says his side now have a host of centre-back options, adding that not all the players in his squad will be there when the new Premier League season starts next month.

“I’m not going to speculate on whether we may or may not get offers for many of our players,” he told The Athletic.

“We certainly do have an abundance of centre-backs and there are constant discussions between myself and Graham [Potter] and Dan [Ashworth, technical director] and the recruitment team about what our needs are, what’s going to be happening.

“There will be some players who go out on loan at some point during pre-season or the first few weeks of the season.”

 

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