Leeds United were linked with a host of players throughout the summer transfer window, some of which they came desperately close to signing.
The likes of Rodrigo De Paul, Josko Gvardiol and Michael Cuisance were very close to joining the West Yorkshire club but at the start of the summer, one of the first players the club were being linked with was Portuguese talent Florentino Luis.
Back in June, it was being reported by ESPN that Benfica’s talented midfielder was one of Leeds’ targets for the summer.
It was later suggested by Mais Futebol that Leeds could offer Benfica a season-long loan deal for the player, with an eventual £27 million fee being needed to make the deal permanent.
However, throughout Leeds’ apparent interest, Luis was also being linked with two other clubs – AC Milan and Monaco.
In the end, it was the Ligue 1 side who won the race for Florentino, and this week he has been discussing the summer interest, confirming Monaco were his first choice.
“There were several clubs interested in me, but from the moment Monaco spoke to me, I decided that I wanted to come here,” Florentino told TVI24. “Monaco is a great club, with great players and that has a great history in France.”
So it seems Leeds were always facing an uphill battle to sign the youngster, who is on loan in the principality with no option to buy included in any deal.
In the end, Leeds did not bring in the other number eight option they craved, with deals for Cuisance and De Paul also failing to get done.
Leeds fans will just hope they do not end up regretting the failure to bring the 21-year-old in this summer.