Brazilian winger Tete will be in England on Friday to sign for Leeds, according to reports in France. The Shakhtar Donetsk forward has been on loan at Lyon but the Ukrainian side are set to terminate their agreement with the French club so the highly-rated 22-year-old can sign for the Whites on a permanent deal.
Tete has been closely watched by a number of Premier League clubs in the past 12 months including Leicester City – who could yet edge their rivals to a transfer deal.
Fabrizio Romano claims the Foxes are now in advanced talks to sign Tete ahead of Leeds.
Shakhtar are said to have made it clear to Tete that they would be willing to cut his loan spell with Lyon short in order to agree a permanent transfer this month if the right offer arrived.
Meanwhile, French newspaper L’Equipe say Tete will be in England as soon as today to sign for Leeds in a transfer swoop that not many saw coming – although it appears Leicester are in fact in the box seat.
The Whites have already spent in excess of £40million this month on two new arrivals in the form of Maximilian Wober and Georginio Rutter, respectively.
He was also on target twice and registered five assists in nine matches last term following his left-field move to the Groupama Stadium.
The agreement for Tete comes at an interesting time for Leeds, who have received strong interest in attacker Jack Harrison from Leicester.
Marsch desperately wants the 26-year-old to extend his contract with the Whites after the winger entered the final 18 months of his current deal. He was also the subject of interest from Newcastle last summer.
Leeds are also now edging closer to landing Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie as negotiations continue with the Italian giants.
The USMNT midfielder has already given the Whites his word that he will join the club should an agreement be struck between the two sides.
McKennie would also join international team-mates Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams at Elland Road amid reports the San Francisco 49ers are planning to carry out a full takeover of the Whites.
Arsenal, Aston Villa and Bournemouth have also been linked with the 24-year-old in recent weeks as he targets a way out of Juventus – 18 months after his loan from Schalke was made permanent.
The Bianconeri need to offload as a sale could ultimately hold the key to some much-needed January recruits for Massimiliano Allegri before next week’s transfer deadline.