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Leeds United in talks for Benfica starlet Florentino

The Whites have reportedly been in talks with the youngster since February, with more updates arriving this week.

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Florentino in action in The Champions League round of 32 against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Photo by SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images

Following on from Leeds’ Jonathan David links, The Whites are also looking into signing Florentino Luis from Benfica.

Tuttomercatoweb in Italy have reported that following initial talks in February, which continued through lockdown and up to last week, where Leeds met with the midfielder’s agent to “understand the plan of action,“ - whatever that means.

Benfica are willing to sell with the fee between 20 and 30 million euro, with Leeds facing stern competition from AC Milan and Real Betis for the 20-year old’s signature.

Florentino is a highly-rated holding midfielder, with a release clause of 120 million euro, but fell out of favour with Benfica’s previous manager, as Florentino’s head was seemingly turned during the season by a possible move away from Benfica. However, he holds an impressive 90% pass completion rate and makes an average of three tackles per 90.

Florentino also has some silverware to his name, with a Liga Nos league title and Portuguese Super Cup to his name, as well as 2 European Championships at under-19 and under-17 level.