Lucas Alario has told TYC Sports that Leeds United made an approach to lure him to the Premier League from German side Bayer Leverkusen in the summer but a move did not go any further. But in January, Leeds need to reconsider.
Alario, 28, is in the form of his life. Previously scoring 36 goals in three season for Leverkusen, the eight-time Argentina cap has taken his goal rate to a whole new level – netting seven in eight games. He has five in his last three league outings.
Powerful, strong in the air but also technically gifted and boasting the kind of flair expected from a South American, Alario is a top forward. He claimed: “I had no contact nor did I speak with Marcelo.
I know about the rumour because my representative told me, but it was only an approach,” Alario added. “They asked my representative and then the club, but then it didn’t advance much further.”
Leeds currently boast Patrick Bamford up front and the Englishman has even been touted for an England call-up after six goals in seven Premier League matches – though his last outing against Leicester reminded fans of his Championship form.
Yes, Bamford has started well but with Rodrigo in midfield, he has little competition and Monday night’s showing will worry Leeds fans. He is more than capable of going on goalscoring droughts and in the Premier League, that cannot happen.
Alario would offer something different. A physical presence, he would join fellow countryman Bielsa at Leeds and that would allow the current gaffer to get across his ideas much easier. Alario would be a top, top signing for Leeds.
Leverkusen bought him for £21.5million (AP News), in 2017 – and given his current form, he will be worth more than that. If Leeds could arrange a fee in the region of £25million, then Alario is a no-brainer.