Leeds United are in the running to sign Florentino Luis from Benfica, according to Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb. The midfielder was linked with the Whites in June, with a return to the Premier League boosting their chances.
Boss Marcelo Bielsa will want to recruit during the summer, with the club set to play in the top-flight for the first time since 2004.
Luis is viewed by many as one of European football’s top young talents, with Manchester United, Bayer Leverkusen and AC Milan all among his previous admirers (ESPN).
The Benfica ace could cost between £18 million and £27 million and Leeds have now entered discussions with the player’s representatives.
Kalvin Phillips has been the anchor in midfield for the Whites during their promotion-winning campaign.
Luis is capable of playing in a central midfield role though and his exciting style of play could suit how Bielsa likes to operate.
A departure does seem inevitable this summer. The 20-year-old fell out of favour towards the end of the season; making a brief comeback for the last three games of the campaign.
Signing a player with the reputation of Luis would really send a message out to the rest of the Premier League.
Having taken so long to reach the top-flight again, the club will want to be competitive during 2020/21 and Luis will help with that.
TBR View – Luis could complement Leeds squad nicely
Luis is a joy to behold in possession of the ball and is viewed as a modern-day, ball-carrying midfielder.
He is also equipped to handle himself in a midfield battle and should cope with the physicality of the Premier League.
Last season, 10 of his 12 Liga NOS appearances came as a traditional central midfielder.
With that in mind, he’d form a nice pivot with Phillips behind him and make Leeds stronger in the middle of the park.