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Five facts on reported Leeds United target Lyanco

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Five facts on reported Leeds United target Lyanco

Leeds United are reported to be interested in Torino’s Brazilian defender Lyanco.

According to O Jogo, the newly-promoted Premier League side are keen to strengthen at the back and see the 23-year-old as a potential addition.

Apparently Sporting CP have failed to meet the player’s €10 million/£9 million valuation, which could now open the door for the Whites.

Not too much is known about Lyanco, so here are five facts about the ace.

Serbian eligibility

Lyanco Vojnovic’s paternal grandfather was born in the Serbian area of Yugoslavia and moved to Brazil at the age of seven during World War II.

The player is Brazilian-born, but in 2016 he declared his international allegiance to Serbia before later represent Brazil.

Lyanco (Lyanco Evangelista Silveira Neves Vojnovic) of

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He’s versatile

Lyanco is a natural centre-half, but also has the capacity to play as a left-back if needed.

 

He was also deployed as a holding midfielder on a couple of occasions last term, and his versatility could make him very useful to Marcelo Bielsa.

Youth international experience

One can always assume that if a player has represented his country at youth level, they have a bit about them.

Lyanco has nine caps for the Brazil U20s and seven caps for the U23s so far. He also made four appearances for the Serbia U19s.

Sergio Ramos is his favourite footballer

In an interview with Torino’s official website, Lyanco notes that Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos is his favourite footballer.

(Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

That likely means the star watches the Spaniard and maybe even tries to replicate his game.

Developed by clubs that have produced legends

Lyanco started his youth career at Botafogo, which produced the legendary Brazilian Jairzinho, and also developed Garrincha.

Lyanco then moved to Sao Paulo, who eventually handed him his professional debut. Notable players to have come from them include the likes of Kaka, Cafu, Casemiro and Lucas Moura.

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