Plata spent the 2021/22 season on loan at Real Valladolid in Spain’s second tier, helping them to finish second and win promotion back to La Liga.
The 21-year-old is predominantly a right winger, although he is also capable of playing on the left.
It may be significant that his agency Wasserman also represents Leeds players Crysencio Summerville and Adam Forshaw.
The Whites are seemingly set to finalise their second signing of the summer in Rasmus Kristensen, and Plata may be their next target.
Real Valladolid, whose club president is Brazil legend and Ballon D’Or winner Ronaldo, would like to sign Plata permanently.
They have the option to do so for €10m (£8.5m) but are hoping they can snap up him for a reduced fee. Sporting have thus far held firm and refused to entertain a cut-price sale.
Leeds are said to be ‘attentive’ to the situation and could see the stand-off as an opportunity to step up their interest in the 21-year-old.
Plata started 23 La Liga 2 games last season, scoring six goals and providing five assists. He found the net or set up a team-mate more than once every two matches (171 minutes, to be precise), a very respectable record.
Even though he is still quite young, he has amassed 27 senior caps for Ecuador and notched nine goal contributions for his nation.
After helping his country reach the semi-finals of the Under-20 World Cup in 2019, he was awarded the tournament’s Bronze Ball.
However, given that he was playing his football in the Spanish second tier in recent months, you’d imagine that he would initially be a rotational option at Leeds rather than a consistent starter.
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