According to Portuguese publication Record, Leeds United are eyeing up a return to Benfica to prise away rated young winger Diogo Gonçalves.
Leeds have, this season, already taken one youngster from Benfica with the loan-turned-permanent signing of striker Oliver Sarkic. Now Record are saying the Whites are set to return for Portual youth international Gonçalves. In their article, of which there is an in-tweet image below, Record say that the promising youngster is “in the sights of Leeds.”
Rumours that the change in model are starting to take shape…
Portuguese newspaper Record are claiming that Diogo Gonçalves is a ‘priority’ for Leeds United in the summer from Benfica. Jorge Mendes client. Wolves tried and failed to sign the 21 year old winger.#lufc pic.twitter.com/A0eDfbRhRz
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Leading on the premise that Leeds are going to “gamble on following the model of success” put forward by Wolverhampton, they say that Leeds will be looking to bring in a player that Wolves tried and failed to land.
Record refer to the interview that Andrea Radrizzani did with Talksport earlier this week where he discussed his letters to the football authorities asking for clarification of the legality of the method that Wolves are following with Jorge Mendes. In this Radrizzani says that he might be tempted to follow such a model himself.
More to the point, the Italian name-checks super agent Mino Raiola, leading some to wonder whether this is the direction that the former M&P Silva owner would take. whatever he decides to do, Record say that “the name Diogo Gonçalves starts as a priority.”
The highly rated youngster has been at Benfica since 2008, signing on as a nine-year-old from FC Ferreiras’s junior side. He’s progressed through the age groups at the Estádio da Luz, breaking in to the first team set-up this season. He has featured in seven Liga NOS games, creating two assists, and has featured in eight other games, including four in the Champions League for the Portuguese giants.
Internationally he has four Under-21 caps (two goals/one assist) for games in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification – scoring against Romania and Switzerland where he played as a secondary striker. He also has 58 other games reaching from Under-15 to Under-20 age groups, being most productive in the latter with three goals in last year’s Under-20 World Cup.