Leeds United have been linked with a summer swoop for Cardiff City winger Japhet Matondo.
The Lowdown: Matondo profiled
Matondo, already sponsored by Nike, is primarily a left-winger who can also play on the opposite flank. The Wales U17 international is yet to make a senior appearance for Cardiff but has featured for the U23s.
The 16-year-old is yet to pen a professional deal with the Championship side due to his age, but he is already catching the eye across the country, including those at Elland Road.
The Latest: Leeds interest
Football Scotland shared an update regarding Matondo on Wednesday, where they claimed that Celtic have registered their interest in the teenager. The Scottish champions could land the attacker for a £130,000 compensation fee.
Leeds are also keeping tabs on the Cardiff teenager, however, Matondo would cost the Whites substantially more than £130,000 as the Hoops would be benefitting from cross-border compensation rules.
The player’s future may well be mapped out over the coming weeks.
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The Verdict: Shrewd U23s move?
Should Leeds secure Matondo’s services ahead of Celtic over the coming weeks, you’d expect that he could be placed in with the U18s or U23s next season, having been hailed as a ‘very exciting’ talent in a piece from Wales Online.
A move wouldn’t necessarily rely on Leeds remaining in the Premier League, however, Matondo may well be in line for more game time with the academy if the Whites drop down to the Championship.
Raphinha looks set to leave for Barcelona, which could result in Crysencio Summerville stepping up and establishing himself in the first team, leaving a regular spot on the wing for the U23s up for grabs.
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