Leeds United have seemingly signed 20-year-old striker Oliver Šarkić, bringing in the forward from Portuguese side Benfica.
As it stands, neither club has confirmed the transfer, with some fans wondering whether the move is being kept ‘secret’. However, Šarkić has retweeted a tweet on his Twitter account suggesting he has made a move to the Championship side:
OFICIAL: Oliver Sarkić emprestado ao Leeds United FC pic.twitter.com/dRm91rwzea
— News Benfica (@NewsBenfica) September 2, 2017
Šarkić holds dual Montenegran and English nationality and has been a Benfica player since September 2014. Before this, the striker spent eight years with Belgian side Anderlecht.
Šarkić has made 61 league appearances in the second tier of Portuguese football, scoring seven goals during his time in the country. Most of these appearances came for Benfica’s B Team, but the striker also spent time on loan at Fafe.
With Šarkić signing for Leeds this month, it looks as though this is the player’s first move into English football. However, this is not the case.
As reported by Sport Witness, Šarkić spent some time on trial at Premier League side Swansea City and was definitely with the club in July of this year. According to Swansea’s official website, the striker was involved in two pre-season games in Northern Ireland with the club’s Under-23 team.
It looks as though Šarkić’s trial with the Premier League side was not a successful one, but that could definitely be a good thing for Leeds United.
Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen made 23 signings altogether this summer, bolstering the squad with a mix of youth and experience. At 20 years old, Šarkić is definitely a signing for the future and will join up with Leeds’ Under-23 side.