Yesterday, we were covering the situation of the Leeds United target Tobias Figueiredo, who is set to leave Sporting very soon.
The news was that the Lisbon club are signing Marcelo from Rio Ave on a free deal at the end of the season, but to anticipate his arrival, they would loan out a player to the Northern side, which could end up being Tobias.
When reporting this, newspaper Record made it clear that it was only a possibility, especially because Sporting would sell Tobias somewhere else in case a better offer arrives.
Now there’s an interesting update from the same newspaper today, claiming that Sporting’s preference would be to let Tobias go on a permanent deal.
Rio Ave are unlikely to be able to afford such player, and there’s be no way that Sporting would give him away just to anticipate Marcelo’s arrival.
So it really starts sounding like a chance for Leeds United. When first reporting the negotiations, the Portuguese press said the player could move to Elland Road in a deal worth €3-4m, which would obviously put them in front in the race.
But it should also be concerning that Leeds aren’t even getting a mention in these last few stories, meaning that there haven’t been any big updates since those early negotiations.