Florentino Luis, a player recently linked with Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United, “will be among the top 6 players in the world”, his agent Bruno Carvalho has previously claimed.
The 20-year-old has enjoyed an excellent breakthrough season at Benfica, making 18 appearances in all competitions including two in the Champions League, against Lyon.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, Leeds held talks with Florentino’s agent last week as the Premier League newcomers look to beat AC Milan to his signature.
Though the Portugal Under-21 midfielder is said to have a £110million release clause, Benfica could be willing to do business at 20 to 30 million euros (£18million to £27million).
The report notes how Florentino lost his place in Bruno Lage’s squad earlier this year but was brought back for the last few games, where he impressed.
Nicknamed “O Polvo” – The Octopus – for how he covers ground and wins loose balls in midfield, Florentino was a key part of the Portugal team that won the European Under-17 Championship in 2016 and European Under-19 Championship in 2018.
In June 2019, Carvalho spoke of his client to Calciomercato, saying: “He will be among the top 6 players in the world.
“Yet again, many clubs are interested but there is a common project with Benfica. Florentino is not going to leave because he wants to play with the first team of Benfica. We could think about a transfer only after.”
Leeds are back in the big time after 16 years and are looking to bolster their ranks as Bielsa looks to impress in his first Premier League season, and Florentino is certainly a top player to be linked with the Elland Road side.
Obviously an agent is never going to talk down their client’s credentials, but back when Joao Felix was still with Benfica, esteemed journalist Luis Cristovao admitted on Twitter that he would not hesitate to sign Florentino over the young attacker.
In addition, former Benfica coach Joao Tralhao previously told Bernabeu Digital: “Florentino is a young player who has exceptional talent. From very early on, we realized that Florentino was on the road to becoming an elite player… I see Florentino as a logical option (for Real Madrid).”
Leeds signing Florentino would certainly ease the burden on Kalvin Phillips in terms of dictating play at number six, and given just how many plaudits he’s received, he would no doubt be a wonderful addition for Bielsa to work with.