Leeds United are reportedly working on a deal to sign Sporting CP forward Gonzalo Plata.
The Lowdown: Plata profiled
Plata, an Ecuador international, is a left-footed attacker who can play on either wing. The 21-year-old actually shares the same agency as six Leeds players and spent the 2021/22 campaign on loan with Real Valladolid.
Plata scored six times and provided five assists during his loan spell in Spain, with Valladolid having an option to make a move permanent this summer. However, it looks as if Leeds want to hijack a transfer by bringing him to Elland Road.
The Latest: Leeds interest
Portuguese outlet O Jojo shared a story late on Tuesday evening regarding Plata, where they name-checked Leeds. Their story claims that Andrea Radrizzani, Victor Orta and Co would have to match Valladolid’s €10m (£8.5m) option to buy the forward.
However, Plata is reportedly keen on staying at Valladolid and it remains to be seen how he feels over a possible move to Yorkshire.
The Verdict: Needed?
Although Plata appears to be an exciting young attacker, it’s centrally where Jesse Marsch needs to strengthen, not out wide. Raphinha and Jack Harrison have been linked with moves away but remain Leeds players, so the club are currently well-stocked out wide.
A new centre-forward with Premier League experience is on the radar following Patrick Bamford’s injury struggles last season, so before the Whites look at a move for Plata, they may want to bolster their centre-forward ranks first.
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