Leeds United have been chasing Ben White for the entirety of the ongoing summer transfer window. Of course, the young defender has been an incredible asset for Marcelo Bielsa during their push for Premier League football so this doesn’t exactly come as a big surprise.
But it also means that Brighton and Hove Albion are unwilling to part with their jewel and have already turned down three offers from the Whites. Now, as it seems, Bielsa is slowly but surely coming to the realisation that White remains a distant dream he simply can’t acquire.
There are, however, alternatives on the table. According to a printed version of Gazzetta Dello Sport (via Sport Witness), Leeds United are among the teams mentioned as interested in Torino’s defender, Lyanco.
The likes of PSV Eindhoven and Bologna are also seemingly in the race and Sporting CP have even tabled their first bid to the Italian outfit. This was reported by Tuttosport (via Sport Witness) as the newspaper reveals they offered around €6m (£5.3m) + 50% of the next transfer but that wasn’t good enough.
Torino apparently want around €12m (£10.7m) + €3m (£2.7m) in bonuses for a total of £13.4m. This would then be the figure Leeds would have to table as well if they really want to land the 23-year-old defender.
The Brazilian seems to be in high demand and Bielsa will have to roll up his sleeves to get him.
Lyanco is obviously not White but he could be a cheaper alternative to the Brighton defender. Of course, the Brazilian can still surprise everyone with his quality and since Leeds do want some defensive reinforcements, he could indeed be the answer they are looking for.
Their chase of White has now seemingly hit a dead end with the Seagulls refusing to part ways with their prized asset.