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Leeds-linked £9.5m striker says Erling Braut Haaland is ‘quite similar’ to him

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Leeds-linked £9.5m striker says Erling Braut Haaland is ‘quite similar’ to him

Reported Leeds United target Adolfo Gaich has talked about similarities between him and Erling Braut Haaland, in conversation with TYC Sports.

According to Passione Inter, the Argentine striker has caught the eye of Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa, whose charges are on the brink of a long-awaited return to the Premier League.

Leeds and Inter Milan aren’t the only sides who have been linked with Gaich, however – TYC Sports claims that the Elland Road side’s Championship rivals, West Brom, are also keen.

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The powerfully-built 21-year-old has been impressing for Argentinian giants San Lorenzo, prompting Spanish columnist and former footballer Peton to make a comparison to the Borussia Dortmund ace (San Lorenzo Primero).

In response, Gaich said: “Haaland is quite similar on the physical side. One of my virtues is my power and I scored many goals for being well positioned (inside the box).”

The 6ft 3in ace also welcomed comparisons with Boca Juniors legend Martin Palermo, adding: “One of his strengths was a powerful header, I have to improve mine.

“It is an honor to be compared to a player of that stature, with such a scorer, I hope I can achieve a little of (what he’s achieved during) his career or the number of goals (he’s scored).”

 

According to Ole, CSKA Moscow were allegedly set to pay $12million (£9.5million) for Gaich, and the deal looked all set to go through over the weekend.

However, Gaich’s representatives have apparently scrapped the move, and it now looks like any interested suitors will now have another shot at signing the giant striker.

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While not mathematically assured just yet, Leeds are in a great position to achieve promotion to the Premier League, so the Whites contingent will surely have an eye on signings to make if this long-awaited goal is achieved.

Gaich may not be anywhere close to Haaland’s staggering goal tally – very few players in world football are – but his strong build and physical style have made him a prized asset for San Lorenzo and, at just 21, has plenty of years ahead of him to hone his game.

And who better to do so than his fellow Argentine Marcelo Bielsa, one of the most famous and esteemed coaches in world football?

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