Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb have claimed that Serie A side Lazio are willing to offload striker Felipe Caicedo for a bargain £6.5million this summer, with Leeds continuously linked.
At the end of June, Italian outlet Imperio claimed Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds are very interested in signing the former Manchester City striker from Lazio. The 30-year-old powerhouse has entered the final 12 months of his contract.
Though his current contract situation would suggest he is surplus to requirements at Lazio, Caicedo was an integral part of Lazio’s 2018-19 campaign. He played 38 times in all competitions, scoring nine goals.
Caicedo then sent Leeds fans into a frenzy last month amid the links, by posting “El Loco” on Twitter. Many Leeds supporters replied, with the belief that the 68-time Ecuador international was hinting at a move.
Now, TuttoMercatoWeb has claimed Lazio are willing to wave goodbye to Caicedo if their asking price of £6.5million is met. Leeds are on the lookout for a striker, with Kemar Roofe set to join Anderlecht for £7million.
However, Leeds may struggle to land journeyman Caicedo, with Greek side PAOK winning the race – as per FutbolEcuador.
TBR’s view – Caicedo a Leeds bargain at £6.5m
With Roofe’s imminent exit set to bring in a fee of around £7million, Leeds will have a large chunk of what Lazio want for Caicedo – even after the sell-on clauses are paid to West Brom and Oxford United.
A player to have scored a handful of goals in Italy’s top tier last season, and has experience of English football and the Premier League with Manchetser City, Caicedo is a decent buy for £6.5m.
What Bielsa will be unsure over, though, is whether the powerful star fits into his blueprint of precise attacking football and high press – as well as his age.