Leeds boss Bielsa ‘thinking’ of £21m deal to sign Middlesbrough strike flop

Matthew Briggs
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Leeds United are reportedly pondering a move for Middlesbrough flop Cristhian Stuani.

The Whites relied heavily on 16-goal Patrick Bamford to get promoted to the Premier League and are on the lookout for attacking reinforcements.

Bamford, who made 45 Championship appearances this season, is unlikely to feature as heavily in the top flight.

Apparently, Marcelo Bielsa is “thinking” of the Girona attacker for next season.

Uruguayan outlet El Observador via Sport Witness say the 33-year-old Uruguayan striker is in the “orbit” of Leeds United, Bielsa and Victor Orta.

Orta’s presence provides ‘added value’ because the Leeds sporting director knows the 33-year-old first hand after signing him for Middlesbrough in 2015.

Stuani’s time on Teesside was miserable though. He managed only four goals in 23 Premier League matches for Boro during the 2016/17 season.



The Girona marksman though has been a huge hit for the Segunda Division this term with 29 goals in their surge towards LaLiga and his career goal tally is 199 from 464 games.

They face UD Almeria in the play-offs and only after that will Stuani, whose release clause is £21m, look at his future.

The report says Leeds will be an “interesting temptation” for the attacker, as long as they make a financial offer that can entice the former Espanyol man.


Price tag for Florentino Luis

Meanwhile, Leeds 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.

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.