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Leeds: Whites ‘monitoring’ Goncalo Ramos

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Leeds United are reportedly among the clubs ‘monitoring’ Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos, according to 90min

The lowdown: Rising star

A product of the youth system at Benfica, 21-year-old Ramos has enjoyed an impressive rise through the ranks in Portugal, directly contributing to 36 goals in just 55 appearances for the youth sides.

The prolific Portugal youth international has since scored 17 times in 62 outings for the first team and has become the main centre-forward option for the Portuguese giants following the departure of Darwin Nunez to Liverpool.

Having already attracted interest from Nottingham Forest and Wolves this summer, now it appears as though Leeds are also keen on landing Ramos…

The latest: ‘Monitoring’

As per 90min, Leeds, Crystal Palace, Everton, West Ham and Wolves are all ‘monitoring’ the 18-cap Under 21 starlet.

It’s claimed that Nottingham Forest and Newcastle have both ‘held talks’ regarding a deal whilst Ligue 1 powerhouses Paris Saint-Germain are ‘also keen’ on Ramos.

The report states that manager Roger Schmidt is yet to be ‘fully convinced’ that the man who was likened to Liverpool icon Roberto Firmino by football talent scout Jacek Kulig can replace Nunez and Benfica could be looking for bids in the region of £30million.

The verdict: Go all out

Despite making a winning start to the 2022/23 Premier League campaign, Leeds continue to be linked with moves to bring additional strikers to Elland Road having been extensively indexed to Southampton ace Che Adams in recent days.

Jesse Marsch himself admitted that the club are ‘trying to find the right one’ to add to the striker department ahead of the September 1 deadline.

That’s because, beyond Patrick Bamford – who endured an injury-hit 2021/22 – Marsch only has the relatively inexperienced trio of Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and Sonny Perkins as central attacking options, plus the misfiring Rodrigo.

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Meanwhile, Ramos has made a blistering start to the new term, directly contributing to six goals in just three outings across all competitions, including a stunning UEFA Champions League qualifying hat-trick against FC Midtjylland.

Valued at just £12.6million and under contract until 2026 (Transfermarkt), the negotiation skills of Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizanni should be in full swing in an attempt to lower the demands, but all while remaining a genuine intent to bring the £8,200 per week Portuguese hitman to Yorkshire.

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