Leeds United are closely monitoring Argentine centre-forward Adolfo Gaich in preparation for their Premier League return, Football Insider understands.
The Championship leaders are among a cluster of clubs keen on the San Lorenzo striker ahead of the summer window.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider they have shortlisted Gaich, 21, as they assess potential targets if they are in the top flight next season.
The front man, who is a full Argentina international, has a year remaining on his San Lorenzo contract but it has a £12million release clause.
That has attracted interest from leading clubs in England, Spain and Italy, with Leeds’ promotion rivals West Brom also keen on Gaich.
He is expected to leave his homeland in the summer transfer window and it has been stated his preference would be a move to Serie A.
However, the young forward is a countryman of Marcelo Bielsa, and is sure to be a player who has been on the manager’s radar for some time.
Gaich climbed through the ranks with San Lorenzo and made his senior international debut in Argentina’s friendly win over Mexico last year.
United have two senior centre-forward in their ranks, Patrick Bamford and loanee Jean-Kevin Augustin.
Leeds have an option to sign Augustin permanently this summer for around £18million if they get promoted but there is a possibility they could look to renegotiate the price amid the financial chaos caused by the pandemic.
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