Leeds United are reported to have held an interest in Porto winger Luis Diaz in the summer transfer window [Record via Sport Witness].
The Lowdown: Diaz profiled, a summer sensation at the Copa America
Cultivating a reputation as one of the best players in Portugal since arriving from Colombia in 2019, 24-year-old Diaz has garnered attention around the footballing world in recent years.
Following up 17 goal contributions in 46 fixtures throughout the 2020/21 campaign [Transfermarkt], the wide-man was named as the Revelation of the Copa America by the CONMEBOL confederation, after scoring four goals in five appearances for the Colombia national side at the tournament [Reuters].
It now appears that Marcelo Bielsa wanted the 5ft 10in ace at Elland Road during the summer.
Would Diaz have been a good signing for Leeds?
The Latest: Leeds United were keen on Diaz, however never submitted an official bid
Leeds United were said to be ‘in the footsteps’ of the 5ft 10in ace, however never got to the stage of formalising an official bid during the window [Record via Sport Witness].
Diaz is rumoured to have a release clause of around €80 million (£67.8 million) in his contract, making any prospective deal highly unlikely.
Porto were not believed to have been keen on entering negotiations either, so Leeds would have had to pay that huge fee to get the player.
The Verdict: No real surprises that Leeds didn’t sign Diaz due to expensive price-tag
With a move for Diaz likely to have shattered the Yorkshire club’s record transfer fee of £27 million, there is no real surprise that the Whites instead opted to sign Manchester United winger Daniel James for around £25 million to add depth on the flank [BBC].
Diaz would’ve added plenty of creative intuition to the Leeds United attack, illustrated by the fact that he recorded an impressive average of 1.9 dribbles per game for his current employers last term in the Liga NOS [WhoScored].
He has earned plaudits in high places during his glittering career, once being labelled as ‘excellent’ by international teammate Juan Cuadrado [Daily Mail].
Leeds can’t afford to get too hung up on missing out on Diaz though, as they plot another successful Premier League season.
In other news, an ex-Leeds United ace has predicted a January exit at the club. Find out more here.
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