If reports are true, Orta could soon pull off another Raphinha-style masterstroke at Leeds - TBR View
Leeds United have bolstered their ranks significantly this summer as Jesse Marsch looks to build a side able to kick on in the Premier League.
At the same time, the Whites have had to replace two of their most important players in Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha.
While it’s always disappointing to lose star players, Leeds have certainly made a huge profit on both.
Phillips came through the ranks at Elland Road and joined Manchester City for a deal worth up to £45m.
Now, the Whites are reportedly eyeing another relatively unknown yet very talented player.
According to Footmercato, Leeds have set sights on Julian Quinones, a forward who plays for Mexican giants Atlas FC.
The French outlet claims the Leeds manager ‘really likes’ the 25-year-old, a player they’ve deemed ‘spectacular’.
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Quinones may be unknown on these shores, but a quick look at his achievements suggests he’s a top talent.
The versatile attacker has impressed at Atlas and Tigres in recent years, helping both sides to silverware.
At Atlas, the former Colombia youth international has won the Apertura 2021 and the Clausura 2022.
This led to the club being automatically awarded the Campeon de Campeones title, normally contested between the Apertura and Clausura winners.
Quinones also lifted the 2019-20 CONCACAF Champions League, the 2019 Clausura and the 2016 Apertura at Tigres.
And in terms of price tag, a recent Footmercato report claimed Quinones would cost less than €5m (£4.1m).
Raphinha was an unknown quantity when he joined Leeds in 2020.
Less than two years on, he’s a Barcelona player and Brazil international who made Leeds a hefty profit.
While the Quinones speculation suggests it’s early days, it’ll be interesting to see what happens on this front.
Could Victor Orta soon pull off another Raphinha-style transfer masterstroke at Elland Road?
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