Leeds United were reportedly on a scouting mission this week. The Whites reportedly had scouts in attendance at Rio Ave’s clash with Sporting Lisbon on Monday, as relayed by Sport Witness from a report in Record.
So who could they have been watching?
Whilst bringing in a player from Sporting is not beyond the realms of possibility, it would seem unlikely. Instead, it is those at Rio Ave that would appear more likely to be Leeds targets.
One player who impressed on the day should certainly be catching their eye. Goalkeeper Leo Jardim was largely to thank for the score remaining just 3-1 to Sporting.
The 23-year-old keeper joined the club from Gremio in Brazil this summer, where he had an unremarkable record. The young stopper is on loan, with an option to buy at the end of the season.
However, he has already shown that Rio Ave continue to have a special eye for goalkeeping talent. He follows in the footsteps of Atletico Madrid star Jan Oblak and, perhaps even more so, Manchester City stopper Ederson.
Like the £35 million Manchester City stopper he also came to Rio Ave with minimal reputation from Brazil. He also shares his excellent distribution and shot-stopping abilities.
Leeds, of course, have their own goalkeeping issues and Jardim, who has an Italian passport, could very well be the man they are looking at.
Considering his brilliant form this season and his current club’s history of unearthing gem goalkeepers cannot be underestimated.
Leeds fans should hope this was the man they were watching.