Leeds United are going to have to be rather active in the transfer market this summer, regardless of whether they are playing Premier League football at Elland Road or not. If they do manage to achieve promotion, it would not be a surprise to see Marcelo Bielsa look to try and make a couple of statement signings to improve his squad.
But, those types of additions will come at a cost and it appears one of their targets could have a hefty price tag that will see the Whites have to break the bank to happen.
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According to a report by A Bola, Sporting Braga are unlikely to let Bruno Viana leave the club for a fee less than €15million (£13m).
TalkSPORT claimed earlier in the week that Leeds were interested in the defender, although the Whites are expected to have competition from Premier League outfits Watford, Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Viana has had an outstanding debut season with Braga this season and has already become a crucial member of their side with his contributions for the team.
Having joined from Olympiacos last summer for a fee of €3m (£2.5m) (per Globo Esporte), the 24-year-old has played in 39 matches across all competitions so far and has helped the club to a likely place in next season’s Europa League tournament, as they have conceded just 28 goals in the Primeira Liga.
Whilst £13m is a hefty figure for a club like Leeds to pay for a player, it could turn into one that is looked upon as relatively small in years to come if they did break the bank for him.
Pairing him in up the likes of Pontus Jansson at the back could make their defensive line incredibly strong and would also give them one that can become extremely reliable when dealing with Premier League opposition.
With Bielsa’s guidance at Elland Road, Viana could look to take his game to another level and continue to develop into an even better footballer than he already is.
However, with clubs like Wolves, Watford and Leicester all thought to be keen as well and the fact that they are all chasing European football next season, it could be pretty difficult to convince the 24-year-old that Elland Road is the place for him to be.
Leeds fans, what do you make of Viana? Should the club look to break the bank for him in the summer if you win promotion to the Premier League? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.