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Leeds United eye summer bargain in Valentin Castellanos

Leeds United could land Valentin Castellanos in a bargain swoop in the summer, according to reports…

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Argentine outlet TN Deportivo (via Sport Witness) claim the door has opened for the Yorkshire giants to make their move after River Plate failed with their recent attempts to sign him.

It’s thought that there is a big difference between the asking price of New York City and the Primera Division champions, whilst the Premier League outfit are prepared to pay €12.3m (£10m) to bring him to Elland Road ahead of next season.

The report states that Castellanos could be now sold to Leeds with a switch to the Millionaires ‘99%’ dead and buried.

Should Leeds pay £10m for Valentin Castellanos?

Yes, sign him up!

Yes, sign him up!

No way, who?!

No way, who?!

Bargain

This would be something of a bargain for director of football Victor Orta and the club’s recruitment team. £10m for a player of the 23-year-old’s quality could turn out to be a steal.

Although valued at a slightly lower £6.3m by Transfermarkt, the Argentinian forward has proven to be a prolific marksman in the Major League Soccer, where he won the 2021 Golden Boot award, finishing the campaign on 19 goals and eight assists.

He also led the division for shots attempted (132) and shots on target (57), meaning for every three shots on target, he found the net, which is a pretty remarkable return.

Such form has led to high praise indeed, particularly from his manager Ronny Deila, who was once in charge of Celtic.

“Off the pitch he does everything right all the time, he’s fit and he battles,” he told the MLS website. “Right now he can do it alone, but we have more depth in the squad and we could play two up front as well when Talles is more fit and Heber is back again. What Taty has done this year has been top class.”

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Also catching the eye of Pep Guardiola, Castellanos has been likened to Premier League great Didier Drogba, which only bolsters his potential credentials in making a move to west Yorkshire.

MLS expert and co-host of the MLS UK Show podcast Henry Hewitt told the Manchester Evening News:

“He actually reminds me a lot of Didier Drogba, he’s very confident to the point where it could be seen as arrogance but has more than shown his quality the season.

“He doesn’t just score one type of goal. He’s strong, quick, good with his head and isn’t afraid to bring his teammates into play.”

The 44-goal beast would surely be a welcome addition for Leeds, regardless of who is in charge next season. The injuries that Patrick Bamford has suffered all season has put a huge spotlight on the need for attacking reinforcements and the 23-year-old gem is an intriguing and fair-priced option indeed.

Orta and co must look to seal this £10m bargain when the window reopens in the summer.

AND in other news, Leeds heading for disaster over “unbelievable” £36m-rated gem, Bielsa will be furious

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