According to reports emanating from the Leicester Mercury, Leeds are among a host of clubs scouting 24 year old centre-back Bruno Viana.

Viana is currently playing for Portugese first divison side Braga after completing a 3 million euro transfer from Greek giants Olympiacos in 2018. Viana is tied to a contract that will keep him at Braga until 2023.

Prior to this, Viana played in his native Brazil for Cruzerio. This is the same club where it all began for former Real Madrid striker Ronaldo.

Considering that the original reports have us amongst clubs such as Wolves, Leicester and even Serie A club Lazio who are tracking Viana; this is certainly one that is conditional on whether we are playing Premier League football next season.

Leeds currently have 3 centre-backs (Cooper, Jansson and Berardi) but numerous injuries this season have forced Leeds to play less natural defenders such as Kalvin Phillips in that position. So do Leeds feel they need more recruits to prevent such a crisis happening again? Or will Leeds more quality at the back to compete in the Premier League?

This poses an interesting question over transfer strategy for teams who go into the Premier League, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet…

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