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Leeds: Journalist shuts down Valentin Castellanos links

Leeds: Journalist shuts down Valentin Castellanos links -Leeds United News

Leeds United won’t be pursuing New York City FC striker Valentin Castellanos this summer. 

The lowdown

90Min claimed earlier this month that a number of Premier League clubs had been offered the chance to sign Castellanos, with ‘Leeds thought to be the most interested‘.

They added that the Whites had representatives in the United States looking at the 23-year-old as well as one other player.

Castellanos, who has three and a half years remaining on his contract with the Major League Soccer outfit, is valued at £10.8million by Transfermarkt.

The latest

A supporter asked Graham Smyth, the chief football writer at The Yorkshire Evening Post, about the club’s reported interest in Castellanos.

He’s ‘been told’ that Castellanos is ‘not on the list’ of options put together by Jesse Marsch and his recruitment team.

The verdict

Castellanos is putting up some impressive numbers in the US, netting 11 times in his first 17 matches this season.

It might be said that they’re wary of recruiting a player who’s yet to prove himself in Europe, but it’s worth noting that Jack Harrison, the winger who started 32 of Leeds’ 38 Premier League games last season, spent seven and a half years in the US during his development.

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And Marsch, an American himself and the former coach of Montreal Impact and New York Red Bulls, will surely be an advocate for MLS talents.

But after a near miss with relegation last term, the manager is said to be targeting a centre forward who’s already shown he can score goals in the Premier League.

In other news, this pundit bemoans a frustrating Leeds setback.

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