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Report: Leeds United keen on versatile defender Lyanco, valued at £9 million

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Report: Leeds United keen on versatile defender Lyanco, valued at £9 million

Leeds United are reportedly one of several teams interested in Torino defender Lyanco, according to reports. 

O Jogo in Portugal is reporting that Sporting Lisbon have failed to meet the Italian side’s valuation for the player, which sits at around €10 million (£9m). 

The report goes on to state that Leeds are one of the teams who could capitalise on this fact, with the Whites said to be in a better financial position than their Portuguese transfer rivals.

Bologna and Lille are also said to be keen. Leeds recently lost out in the fight for Jonathan David to the French side and will not want a repeat. 

Torino FC v Hellas Verona - Serie A

Lyanco during Serie A match between Torino v Verona, in Turin, on July 22, 2020 (Photo by Loris Roselli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The 23-year-old defender, who has previously had a loan spell with Bologna, is a Brazilian under-23 international and considered a top young talent. 

However, he has struggled to establish himself as a consistent first-team regular in Turin. He did however feature 18 times for the club last season in a number of different positions, including left-back and holding midfield. 

But it is at centre-back where Lyanco would likely be used at Leeds, with the Whites looking to replace Ben White and looking for further coverage with Gaetano Berardi’s situation unclear and injured regardless. 

Leeds United fans will be hoping Lyanco can be the centre-back option they need should Victor Orta move to bring the Brazilian-Serb to Elland Road this summer. 

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