According to Portuguese publication A Bola, Leeds United are cited as a team that could break Sheffield Wednesday fans’ hearts over the summer.
There has never been much love between Leeds United fans and their Sheffield Wednesday counterparts, there’ll be even less love next season should the Whites nip in and spoil the Owls capture of former loanee Frederico Venâncio.
25-year-old Venâncio featured in 20 Sky Bet Championship games for Wednesday last season after arriving on loan from Portuguese side Vitória Setubal in mid-August 2017. During his time at Hillsbrough, the Portuguese centre-back weighed in with one goal and some eye-catching performances.
It was thought that it would be a formality for the South Yorkshire club to take up the purchase option on Venâncio and bring him back to Sheffield on a permanent deal. Setubal are already resigned to losing him for next season with A Bola claiming that his presence is “an increasingly remote scenario.”
However, later in the article they do go on to say that the “biggest obstacle” to him leaving Portugal and ending up at Sheffield Wednesday is none other than their bitter rivals Leeds, who A Bola name specifically in their piece.
It’s not something that would go down well for the Owls fans who want to see Venâncio in Blue-and-White rather than up the motorway at Elland Road. In fact, the news from Portugal isn’t going down very well at all:
— OwlsMedia.com (@OwlsmediaCentre) June 6, 2018
It must be remembered that Venâncio was also on Leeds United’s radar at one stage, and that the Whites are looking out for a consistent central defender. However, should the former Portugal Under-20/Under-21 international decide to be swayed by Leeds United as an “obstacle“, Whites fans seemingly won’t need the Kaiser Chiefs to predict a riot.