Leeds United have lodged an official bid to sign Manchester City youth talent Ian Poveda, according to Tuttosport via Sport Witness.
The Sky Blues signed Poveda from his former youth side Brentford in 2016, and awarded the 5 ft 5 forward his senior debut two-and-a-half-years later when fielded against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup.
Poveda is yet to add to his sole first-team appearance and will likely leave the Premier League champions this season, amid intense interest from Serie A side Torino with his contract due to expire in the summer summer.
Torino are hopeful of striking a deal after Poveda was in attendance as they beat Bologna 1-0 at the weekend, where he was joined by his agents as club officials push to finalise a deal.
Poveda’s family also joined the right-sided forward for a tour of Torino’s training facilities, and Tuttosport believe the player would be keen to ply his trade outside of England should he leave Manchester City’s youth set-up.
Il Toro are ready to conclude a move for the London-born winger to join the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino natives this month, but are willing to hold out for the youngster to join as a free agent in the summer.
Both options have been formally offered to the 19-year-old, though Torino are pressuring Poveda’s representatives to convince Man City of letting him leave for free during the January window so that he can get used to life in Italy ahead of the new season.
Who will be the next academy breakthrough talent?
Torino are concerned that they may not sign the Sky Blues talent if negotiations persist for much longer, as Leeds have lodged a formal offer of our own to the Etihad Stadium natives.
It is not specified what the terms of the bid were, only that Torino worry we can offer Poveda a greater salary than the €400,000-a-year after tax they tabled (£6,579-p/w).
Poveda has scored once in six Premier League 2 appearances this season, along with two in four UEFA Youth League ties.
In other Leeds United news, the club are unconvinced of the benefits of signing a £1.35m-rated forward whose keen to join the Whites.