Manchester United and Liverpool among clubs interested in Léo Baptistão - reports
Manchester United and Liverpool are among the Premier League clubs reportedly interested in Rayo Vallecano striker Léo Baptistão.
The 20-year-old Brazilian is attracting plenty of attention having notched six goals and five assists already in his debut Primera Division season.
According to the Daily Mail, United’s Martin Ferguson was among a clutch of scouts, including those from Liverpool, Wigan and QPR, who watched Rayo Vallecano beat Getafe 3-1 on Monday night.
Representatives from Championship sides Leeds and Brighton were also reportedly spotted at the game, in which the attacker impressed with a superb all-round performance and an assist.
However, Leo's English suitors could be set for disappointment, as Spanish radio station Cadena Cope reported last week that Atlético Madrid had already reached a €6 million agreement to sign the player in the summer.
Baptistão joined Rayo's youth set-up in 2008, aged just 16, after coming to prominence playing indoor football in Brazil alongside boyhood friend and Santos star Neymar.
However, his development in Madrid was set back by a bout of hepatitis and two serious collarbone injuries that meant his first-team debut only came in August, in which he grabbed a goal and an assist against Real Betis.
The youngster’s form has been a revelation as he attempts to fill the gap left by current Swansea sensation Michu, who scored 17 times for the Vallecas club last term before moving to Wales for just €2.5 million in the summer.
Spanish paper AS suggests the striker could be signed for as little as £1.6million, although Rayo are not keen on letting Baptistão leave for a low fee.
Source: Daily Mail