Leeds United reportedly tabled a bid of £10.5million back in January for striker Ze Luis but failed to complete a move. Now, the Spartak Moscow ace could be on his way to a Champions League side.
Russian outlet Championat claimed at the start of the year that Leeds had made a surprise move to sign the 28-year-old Cape Verde international, but nothing came of the reported move.
The Whites could do with a striker this summer, given Kemar Roofe only managed 15 goals and Patrick Bamford struggled to have the impact Leeds hoped he would have.
Ze Luis scored 14 goals for Spartak last season, including a brace against Spanish side Villarreal in the Europa League. He has a contract with the top-tier Russian side until the summer of 2021.
The chances of Ze Luis joining Leeds look almost zero this summer, especially now that he could be about to join a 2018-19 Champions League quarter-finalist.
That is because Portuguese outlet A Bola have claimed FC Porto want to lure the striker to the Estadio do Dragao this summer. The report claims Spartak want a reduced £9million fee for the forward.
It is somewhat of an improvement, given that he has gone from a potential move to the second tier of English football to one of the best sides in European football – given their impressive Champions League campaign last term.
At £9million, Ze Luis would be a strong signing for Porto and will leave Leeds fans dreaming of what could have been, if the forward decided to chance his arm in Yorkshire.