Leeds United have set their sights on Palmeiras manager Abel Ferreira, according to reports.
UOL columnist Bruno Andrade claims that with the Whites’ uncertainty regarding the future of Marcelo Bielsa, the club are already looking for replacements in case their boss decides to leave.
It’s said the Elland Road side now have a list of potential new managers, and Ferreira is ‘among the main candidates’ for the job, especially after the Copa Libertadores title won at the weekend.
The Palmeiras manager is said to be a candidate along with a compatriot, Sporting coach Ruben Amorim, although his exit from the Lions is protected by a €30m release clause.
It’s still made clear that Leeds would prefer to keep having Bielsa.
However, with the manager’s contract expiring at the end of the season and ‘no concrete indication’ that he’s extending his deal, they need to be prepared.
Meanwhile, Abel Ferreira has had huge success at Palmeiras as he managed to win two Copa Libertadores in a row now.
UOL claims that he had approaches from Al Rayyan, Al Nassr, Fenerbahce, Bordeaux and Dinamo Kiev, but rejected all of them.
Following last weekend’s title, he’s set to travel to Portugal to rest and his family and ‘define the next steps in career’.