Leeds United are being linked with a move for Portuguese defender Frederico Venancio this week. A Bola is reporting that the West Yorkshire side is looking to sign the Vitoria Setubal centre-back this summer. They claim a fee of around £870,000 would be enough to bring the player to Elland Road and he is keen on a move to England.
That is no surprise. He has just spent the 2017-18 on loan at Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday. The 25-year-old struggled to get into the Wednesday first-team at the start of the season. However, he became a regular in the new year and impressed with his performances at the back. He even capped off his season with a first goal for Wednesday on the final day of the season.
Leeds are in desperate need of defensive reinforcement. Last season Pontus Jansson’s displays went downhill and the Swede is also being linked with a move away. Fans at Elland Road were left frustrated by the displays of captain Liam Cooper, who is not good enough to lead a promotion challenge. Youngsters like Connor Shaughnessy and Paudie O’Connor were thrust into the deep end. Meanwhile, loanee Matthew Pennington was constantly injured and has returned to Everton.
So snapping up Venancio would be a welcome move, especially at such a reasonable price.
Then there is the added fact he would fit in perfectly with any plans Marcelo Bielsa has. The Argentine often plays with three at the back. The players in defence need to not only be good defensively but with the ball at feet and in possession.
Venancio has those qualities in abundance and would, therefore, be a perfect defender for Bielsa to implement his plans.
Leeds are right to be targeting Venancio, who could be a bargain star at Elland Road.