The Whites need to strengthen their defense this winter. Reports in the Italian media claim that Leeds United are keen on Fiorentina centre-back Igor Julio. The 24-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
Fiorentina spent 5.3 million euros to sign the Brazil international from SPAL in the summer of 2021. He is under contract until the summer of 2025.
The centre-back has featured in 20 matches for Fiorentina this term in all competitions.
He’s incredibly experienced for a 24-year-old and still has tons of room for growth. His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Leeds.
Jesse Marsch wants to sign a new centre-back and Igor Julio is one of the names at the top of his wishlist. Marsch is a firm fan of Fiorentina centre-back and Leeds United could make a move for the player if the financial aspect makes sense.
Leeds are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
The former SPAL man heavily relies on his ability to read the game. It is coupled with his sensible tackling and an excellent sense of positioning, allowing him to repel most of the danger in the defensive third. His arrival would give Leeds United some much needed tactical flexibility.
World Football Rumours
According to the report, “Fiorentina centre-back Igor Julio is attracting interest from several Premier League clubs. The Brazilian’s impressive performances have drawn the attention of Leeds United and two other unnamed sides. Per Italian outlet Firenze Viola, Fiorentina are willing to sell Julio for a fee of around £17 million. The source goes on to suggest that European teams are also chasing Julio. The 24-year-old is being linked to La Liga sides Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Real Betis.”
Leeds United might have to pay over the odds to sign the centre-back.
The Gigliati are eager to keep the centre-back beyond the current campaign, but the player may look to take the next step in his career.
Good signing for Leeds United?
Nevertheless, Julio stands as an excellent option for Leeds. A centre-back of Julio’s ceiling will be a massive addition to Leeds squad as he will not only improve the overall quality of Jesse Marsch’s starting XI but also add some stability and variety to his defensive department.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit at Elland Road.
Leeds fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.
How strong that interest is and whether Leeds will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.
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Should Leeds United make a move for Igor Julio this winter?
Naples-born Enzo Cattaneo has spent more than a decade living in Madrid and writing about Spanish football, German football and the Premier League for various Spanish football websites and now he writes about World football for World Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers and rumours pretty much nonstop since the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time playing Esports games.