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Metz to sign Brazilian winger Leonardo in club record deal

Metz are close to signing Portuguese central midfielder Cafu from relegated side Lorient, as well as Brazilian winger Leonardo from Serbian club Partizan Belgrade, according to L’Équipe.

After gaining €17m from Rennes for Ismila Sarr, Metz are expected to reinvest that money into Cafu and Leonardo, with the latter set to cost around €4.5m, so says the Serbian press on Tuesday.

The club is also looking to strike a deal with Lorient for Cafu, but the deal for the 24-year-old, who only joined Lorient in the summer of last year, is further away from completion.

The moves would be two good deals for Les Grenats, who are looking to find a replacement for Sarr, who left earlier in the month. These two signings could be enough for Metz to stay in Ligue 1 for another season.

T.S.

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