Leeds United are on the hunt for a new goalkeeper this summer. It seems Chelsea’s perennial loanee Jamal Blackman is the man they want and the man they will get. But reports from Argentina have suggested another name.
Journalist Peter Coates, an expert on Argentinian football, sent out a tweet suggesting Leeds may want River Plate stopper Augusto Batalla this summer.
The 22-year-old is certainly a surprising link, but considering new manager Marcelo Bielsa is Argentine, these sort of names were soon going to emerge.
The Argentine youth international is highly-rated in his homeland but spent last season on loan with Atletico Tucuman due to a lack of first-team action in Buenos Aires.
He is a player with huge prodigy. In fact, Real Madrid even tried to sign him. Back in 2015 a loan move, with a view to a permanent switch, to Los Merengues was all done. But the player himself rejected a deal, preferring to remain with his beloved club.
“Rejecting Real Madrid was a very personal decision, very difficult and I had talked with my family and they supported me…
“My decision was to stay and continue forging myself in the club that has given me everything, in a time when the team is going well and I can enjoy every day here.”
Now they do not want him and Leeds are reportedly circling. A work permit would surely be an issue, but it is not known whether Batalla may have a European passport in a similar vein to Luciano Becchio’s when he joined Leeds.
What is for sure is that Leeds would be getting their hands on a prestigious but faltering talent. Once tipped as a future goalkeeping superstar he would be worth the roll of a dice at the right price.
He can’t be worse than Felix Wiedwald? Right?