Manchester-linked Thiago Almada wants to be coached by Leeds’ Marcelo Bielsa

Thiago Almada’s Premier League links

Thiago Almada is one of the hottest prospects in Argentinian football right now.

The Velez Sarsfield youth has spent the last two seasons impressing in the Argentine top-flight.

Almada’s exploits have even led to comparisons with one of the footballing world’s greatest players, Lionel Messi.

His unquestionable talents have also seemingly caught the eye of a number of Europe’s heavyweights, especially in England.

Over the last year or so, all of Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal have been linked with the winger.

La Liga powerhouse FC Barcelona have also been tipped as a potential landing spot for Almada.

BRISTOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 04:Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on August 04, 2019 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Thiago Almada to Leeds?

However, if Almada has his way, it appears as though he could soon be plying his trade for a slightly less high-profile side.

Leeds United secured a long-awaited return to the English top-flight earlier this month, under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa.

Bielsa is, of course, also from Argentina, and has previously managed a number of sides in his home country.

And the South American’s presence could seemingly prove key in helping Leeds to land the highly-rated Almada. Speaking in a recent interview, the 19-year-old stated that he wants to be coached by Bielsa:

‘I would like Bielsa to coach me.

‘My friends sent me something about Bielsa, but I am calm. Whether it happens or not, we have to see.

‘I don’t watch much soccer, but I saw some Leeds highlights and I saw something similar to what we did in Velez with (Gabriel) Heinze.’ 

Quotes via the Daily Mail.

How much would Almada cost?

Regarding Leeds’ potential interest in Alamda, we recently covered a report from the youngster’s home country, which claimed that the Velez standout was one of a number of Argentinian players being targeted by the Premier League newcomers.

No fee was mentioned in that report, but a £20m release clause has previously been touted.

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