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According to Football Insider, Leeds United’s recruitment team have been blown away by in-demand defensive target Enzo Valentim, and director of football Victor Orta would be pulling off a blinding deal by bringing him to Elland Road.
Well, Football Insider report that the Yorkshire outfit are keeping close tabs on the 18-year-old, who made his breakthrough for Reims II last season.
The report says that Orta is ready to make a move for the France youth international to persuade him move to Elland Road before the transfer window slams shut next month, with Championship rivals Stoke City and Champions League holders Liverpool also keen.
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Football Insider report that he is regarded as a player who can feature at a very high level in his homeland, and the fact that Liverpool are circling tells you all you need to know about how promising he is.
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While Leeds are in a situation where they want promotion next season, it doesn’t mean they should ignore the opportunity to bring fresh talent for the future to Elland Road.
Valentim may only be 18 years of age and could easily begin his Whites career with the U23s, but the report says he could also be fast-tracked to the first team if he impressed Marcelo Bielsa.
The Argentine has shown previously that he isn’t afraid to blood youngsters if they are performing and are capable – Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton are just two examples of that.
That clearer pathway could be key to persuading Valentim to join the Yorkshire club rather than Liverpool where competition for places if more fierce, and now Orta shouldn’t waste any time in ensuring Leeds win the race for the teenager’s signature given how impressed the recruitment team is.