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Report: Leeds ready to pounce on 'explosive' £51m-clause attacker, same agency as Aaronson

Leeds United have hit the ground running in the summer transfer window by landing Brenden Aaronson.

Now, the Whites are reportedly looking to pounce on a player who shares the same agency as the American.

Portuguese outlet Correio da Manha – via Sport Witness – claims Leeds are eyeing Sporting’s Gonzalo Plata.

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The Ecuador international winger enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Real Valladolid last term.

However, the Spanish outfit is reportedly hesitating over triggering their €10m (£8.5m) buying option.

Leeds are apparently monitoring proceedings and ‘will advance’ for Plata if Valladolid don’t take up the option.

Sporting, meanwhile, are said to be ‘in expectation’ of an offer that meets their valuation.

They have 50% of the 21-year-old’s rights and believe they can make €5m (£4.25m) profit.

This would mean selling Plata for €10m (£8.5m) to any other club.

Plata – part of the Wasserman agency alongside Aaronson – is reported to have a €60m (£51m) release clause.

But judging by the above report, it looks as though Sporting are happy to sell him at a sixth of that amount.

Can Leeds land ‘impressive’ and versatile talent?

Plata is a top talent with 3 trophies, over 80 club appearances and 27 senior international caps to his name.

In summer 2021, Liverpool fansite LFC Transfer Room deemed him a player that the Reds ‘need to target’.

They described Plata as an ‘explosive winger with pace and impressive dribbling ability’.

He is also ‘able to play anywhere across the frontline, and even as a right wing-back’.

A £51million release clause is testament to how much Sporting rated him when they signed him.

But with his contract up next summer, their hand isn’t particularly strong in negotiations.

And Leeds can certainly make the most of this to bring Plata to Elland Road.

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