River Plate’s Lucas Martinez Quarta may be available on the cheap this summer, after being linked with a move to Leeds United.

According to TyC Sports, the Yorkshire outfit may not have to pay the full €22 million (£19.7 million) release clause for the 24-year-old, due to the coronavirus pandemic weakening the transfer market.

And that would be fantastic news for Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa, who is already identifying areas of his side to strengthen ahead of what would appear to be their inevitable return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.

Quarta fits the bill in terms of the Whites’ style; he’s a modern defender who excels in driving his team forward from deep, renowned in his home country for his pinpoint cross-field passes and progressive style of play.

As well as being technically gifted, the Argentina international, who won each of his two caps in the past year, is also relatively pacey and aerially dominant despite standing at just 5ft 11in.

He could be a crucial signing for Leeds, particularly if key on-loan defender Ben White returns to parent club Brighton & Hove Albion this summer.

Leeds fans are in jubilant mood after their side’s promotion to the Premier League was secured on Friday night.

Opinion

With Leeds now securing their place in next season’s Premier League, the fans will be awaiting a busy summer in the transfer window.

The Elland Road outfit will have a bigger budget to spend as the top-flight millions roll in and as such landing someone like Quarta could well be a real statement of intent.

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