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Report: Leeds make £25.9m bid for Otavio; Porto have rejected offer

Leeds United made a £25.9 million bid for Otavio, but have seen their offer immediately rejected by Porto, according to Portuguese outlet O Jogo.

Otavio is attracting attention after a superb campaign in Portugal. In all competitions, he scored five goals and provided 14 assists, helping Porto win a league and cup double.

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Reports have claimed that Arsenal want the Portugal international. However, it appears that Leeds have made the first move to try and bring the 27-year-old to the Premier League this summer.

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O Jogo reports that Leeds made a £25.9 million (€30 million) bid for Otavio. But Porto took little time to make a decision, swiftly snubbing the offer from the Whites.

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The report notes that his contract includes a £52 million release clause. And it seems that Leeds will either have to get a lot closer to that, or even trigger it if they hope to sign the winger.

Leeds bid for Otavio

Leeds, of course, are currently battling to keep hold of Raphinha. But based on reports over the last few days, it does appear that they are becoming resigned to losing the Brazilian. At the very least, they clearly feel that there is a very good chance of his departure.

Reports have suggested that Cody Gakpo is their top target if the winger leaves. Meanwhile, they are also keen on Hakim Ziyech.

Otavio is another who could potentially come in should Raphinha move on. He has predominantly played on the right for Porto this season, but he has also featured on the other flank.

He is someone who works hard for the team, so would suit Jesse Marsch’s preferred pressing style. And he has some of the ‘quality‘ and flair that Leeds fans would want from Raphinha’s replacement.

However, Leeds have plenty of work to do if they are going to sign the Porto star.

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