Venâncio could prove to be a vital signing for Leeds if they can trump Yorkshire rivals

According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Leeds have joined the race to sign Vitória Setébal defender Frederico Venâncio, who spent last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday.

What’s the story?

Venâncio, 25, has played at Vitória Setébal his entire career before his loan move to the Owls last season, where he made 22 appearances, scoring once.

The 6ft 1 powerhouse had an impressive spell at Hillsborough, so much so that Sheffield Wednesday are readying a bid of £875,000, according to A Bola.

However, Leeds are prepared to challenge their Yorkshire rivals for the Portuguese defender, although a bid is yet to be made by the Whites.

Why he should join Leeds

After a slow start, Venâncio had a really solid end to the season for the Owls, missing only two in 2018.

Leeds definitely need defensive reinforcements and considering Venâncio has already proven himself at this level, he would make a very shrewd addition to the team.

At 25, he is mature enough but with his best years ahead of him, and only Sheffield Wednesday stand in the way of Leeds securing the services of a defender with real quality.

If Leeds are successful in recruiting manager Marcelo Bielsa, they could really start to build something at the club and stop its stagnation, and Venâncio and Jansson could prove a strong centre back pairing.

With rumoured signings Abel Hernandez, Jack Marriott and Matthew Pennington potentially on their way to Elland Road, things could start to look very exciting indeed and Venâncio would be wise to join.

Venâncio is valued at £1.8million on Transfermarkt, so if Leeds can snatch him from their Yorkshire rivals at the current price, he could represent a real bargain.