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Leeds wanted Argentine in summer - now Real Madrid are reportedly eyeing £31m move

Leeds United’s pursuit of a central defender in the summer took them to Germany international Robin Koch from Freiburg, and then Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad. But they were also linked with Feyenoord’s Argentine stopper Marcos Senesi after an excellent spell of form for the Dutch outfit since his move to the Eredivisie in 2019 – and now, Real Madrid are keen.

Senesi, 23, joined Feyenoord in the summer of 2019 from San Lorenzo where despite his young age – he had become a regular, playing 69 times for the senior side. He continued that immediately with Feyenoord, already played 47 times in all competitions for the Dutch side in 18 months. He has also developed the reputation of a goalscoring defender, netting five times.

TalkSPORT claimed – as per Argentine journalist Martin Flores – that Leeds wanted Senesi back in the summer, but faced competition from plenty of other clubs including Everton. However, Feyenoord were holding out for a figure of £18million and those links have since evaporated – but Senesi’s development has not stopped.

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Indeed, his form has been excellent once again this season. He has scored two goals, laid on two assists and helped his side keep nine clean sheets in just 22 matches – with the Dutch outfit winning 12 of their 17 league games. Now, the latest report from the Telegraaf have claimed that a new suitor has emerged for Senesi – and it might make Leeds regret their decision to overlook the Argentine.

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Indeed, the Dutch newspaper have claimed that Real Madrid have entered the market for Senesi – with a fee of almost double the initial £18million being quoted, at £31million. Madrid are keen to sign a centre-back, with Sergio Ramos’ future in doubt, despite the reported addition of Bayern Munich’s David Alaba.

Did Leeds miss out? At £18million, clearly, Senesi would have been an excellent addition for the Whites – and with Koch sidelined through injury, that transfer regret is only likely to be heightened.

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