The race for River Plate defender Lucas Martinez Quarta continues to be one of the main topics in the Argentine sport media.

El Intransigente has a story today claiming that besides Leeds United and Real Betis, there are now a couple of Italian clubs in the competition as well.

AC Milan and AS Roma are both said to be interested in the 24-year-old, making the battle for this signing a lot more interesting.

Lucas Martinez Quarta has a release clause of €20m, but the report makes it clear that River Plate are unlikely to make that much with the sale.

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It’s said that both Leeds and Betis have told the Argentine side they’re not paying that amount for the player, as their offers would be ‘much smaller’. That’s something that worries the Buenos Aires club.

It still isn’t known how much Milan or Roma would offer for Quarta, since they’re still to negotiate for the transfer.

With Leeds United being linked to the defender for a while now, perhaps it’s time to make their move before the competition gets even bigger.