Leeds facing competition from Sporting Lisbon in race to land former Argentina manager Marcelo Bielsa

SPORTING LISBON are looking to pip Leeds into landing maverick Argentinian boss Marcelo Bielsa, according to reports in Portugal.

The 62-year-old is believed to be on the radar of the Whites as the club look to replace former manager Paul Heckingbottom at Elland Road.

Former Marseille boss Marcelo Bielsa is a reported target for Leeds as they search for a new manager
Bielsa, 62, has also emerged as a target for Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon

It is believed that chairman Andrea Radrizzani has identified the former Argentina, Chile and Lazio boss as the man to bring Premier League football back to the club.

Bielsa has been out of a job since December after being sacked by Lille, and although known for his brilliant tactics, often hits the headlines for his turbulent mood swings.

But according to Portuguese news outlet Record, Lisbon have joined the hunt to nab the former Marseille manager.

Lisbon can offer Bielsa European football next season with the Europa League after finishing third in the table behind Porto and Benfica.

Bielsa could be the man to replace Paul Heckingbottom at Elland Road
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Bielsa is known for his turbulent mood swings, but is gifted with a brilliant tactical mind
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However the report also claims that the Lions are interested in bringing ex-Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari to the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

Leeds‘ Managing Director Angus Kinnear recently announced the club will make a swift appointment after bringing an end to Heckingbottom’s four month spell in charge of the side.

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One positive news for Leeds fans is that left-back Tom Pearce has signed a new four-year deal at the club after his breakthrough campaign.

Taking to Twitter, the 20-year-old said: “Delighted to have signed a new 4 year deal @LUFC. Thank you to everyone at the club and the fans for your support.”

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