By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United are set to hold preliminary talks today with Inter Milan over the signing of centre-forward Facundo Colidio, Football Insider understands.
The Championship giants are battling Newcastle United for the capture of the Argentina Under-20 international in the final five days of the summer window.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Marcelo Bielsa has recommended the Argentine rising star to the club as they look to recruit a striker before next Thursday’s cut-off.
The Argentine manager regards his countryman as an uncut diamond with the potential to be a major force in European football in the coming years.
Colidio has emerged on United’s radar they put the finishing touches to the sale of Kemar Roofe to Anderlecht, which will leave them with Patrick Bamford as their only senior striker.
Football Insider reported on Friday that Leeds had accepted a bid from the Belgian club and given the versatile forward the green light to head to the Continent and finalise the £5million-plus deal.
Reports from Italy suggest Inter are only willing to sell Colidio on a buy-to-loan deal, with a firm commitment of a permanent transfer.
Leeds’ three senior signings this summer have all been on loan, although Helder Costa joined from Wolves with an obligation for the deal to become permanent for £15million in a year’s time.
Colidio has yet to play for the Inter first team in his two years at San Siro but has scored prolifically for the club’s youth and reserve sides.
In other Leeds United news, Marcelo Bielsa is freezing out senior outfield international and wants him gone this month.