Leeds frontrunners to land Basel striker Arthur Cabral

FC Basel’s Arthur Cabral is the striker that Leeds are reportedly looking at to bolster their attacking options.

According to the football transfer rumours in British and Spanish media, Leeds United are frontrunners to land FC Basel striker Arthur Cabral.

The 23-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.

The Brazil international joined Basel from Palmeiras for a fee in the region of 6 million euros in July 2020. His contract expires in the summer of 2023.

The striker has banged in 25 goals and provided 8 assists in 26 matches this term on all fronts.

Arthur Cabral
Arthur Cabral

The 23-year-old has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in Brazil. Cabral has represented Brazil at Under-23 level, winning one cap.

His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Leeds.

By the club’s own admission, Basel striker Cabral is Leeds United’s number one transfer target.

He is a long-term target of Leeds and could be a decent addition for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

Leeds United
Leeds United

The former Palmeiras man provides a unique blend between a classic center-forward and the modern striker. He has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.

According to the report, “Leeds United are now the frontrunners to land FC Basel striker Arthur Cabral. Cabral, 23, was first linked with a move to Elland Road last summer. The Whites were willing to pay €17million (£14.4m) to give the star his first shot at the Premier League. But Basel held firm as they saw the Brazilian as being integral to their success during 2020-21. He did not disappoint, notching 18 goals in 33 Swiss Super League appearances. He was also on target twice in the Europa League qualifiers before Basel’s defeat to CSKA Sofia. Cabral is setting the Swiss League alight again this term. He is on 14 goals in as many appearances, with 11 more coming in Basel’s Europa Conference League campaign. It’s clear that the player has a keen eye for goal, and could become a regular goalscorer in England under the guidance of Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa. Sport Witness, citing Spanish newspaper Sport, provide an update on Leeds’ pursuit of Cabral. They write that Bielsa’s side are leading the race to capture him in January.”

Euro Football Rumours

A big money bid from Leeds could tempt Basel into selling their prized asset. FC Basel are preparing to sell their striker should they receive a massive offer for him.

Barcelona are apparently trailing Leeds United in the pursuit of Basel striker.

Arthur Cabral ideal fit for Leeds United?

The 23-year-old Brazil international could be a very good squad player for Marcelo Bielsa over the next few years. He is at the peak of his career right now and Bielsa could bring out the best in him.

Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Leeds.

Leeds fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.

It will be interesting to see what happens when the Whites come calling for Cabral this winter.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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