Cesar Luis Merlo has dropped an update on reported Leeds United transfer target Luis Sinisterra.
In a recent post on Twitter, the Argentine journalist revealed that Victor Orta is now close to landing the Feyenoord winger in a deal worth around €30m (£26m) – a record-breaking fee for the Eredivisie side.
The transfer insider went on to state that negotiations between the two clubs regarding a deal for the 23-year-old progressed over the weekend, with the Colombia international said to have already agreed personal terms with the Whites.
In his tweet, Merlo said: “Leeds are close to signing Colombian winger Luis Sinisterra. With the contract already arranged with the footballer, during the weekend progress was made in the negotiations for a sale close to €25-30, the most expensive in the history of Feyenoord.”
Considering just how exciting a prospect Sinisterra undoubtedly is, Merlo’s claim that Leeds look set to sign the South American forward in the coming days is sure to be news that will have left the Elland Road faithful elated.
Indeed, over his 30 Eredivisie appearances last season, the £22.5m-rated talent was in breathtaking form for Arne Slot’s side, scoring 12 goals, registering seven assists and creating nine big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.6 shots, making 2.0 key passes and completing 3.6 dribbles per game.
These returns saw the £10k-per-week winger average a simply sensational SofaScore match rating of 7.51, not only ranking him as Feyenoord’s second-best performer in the league but also as the joint fourth-best player in the division as a whole – bettering none other than Chelsea and Manchester United’s reported £68m transfer target Antony.
Furthermore, Sinisterra also stole the show for De club aan de Maas over his 12 appearances in the inaugural Europa Conference League, bagging six goals, providing four assists and creating five big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 2.4 shots, making 2.1 key passes and completing 2.6 dribbles per fixture.
These metrics saw the 23-year-old average an equally impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.47, ranking him as the seventh-best player to feature in the competition – playing a key role in Feyenoord’s extremely impressive run to the final of the tournament.
As such, with Raphinha looking all but certain to move onto pastures new this summer, should Orta go on to finalise a £26m deal for Sinisterra ahead of Leeds’ 2022/23 Premier League campaign, it would very much appear as if the Spanish director of football has landed something of a perfect replacement for the Brazilian forward.