Lisbon Leo Signs For Athletic
Wigan Athletic have beaten off serious competitors and secured the Peterborough wonderkid Leonardo Da Silva Lopes.
Posh chief MacAnthony had given a clue to the transfer last night, when he tweeted: “So we have accepted a SEVEN figure transfer fee for one of our players. The player has been given permission to talk terms etc. That’s all for today.”
Leo was born in Lisbon, and bust on to the scene at the age of 16 when he was spotted playing in a local park. Since then, he has made 108 appearances in all competitions for Posh.
“I first spotted Leo at 15 when he came on winter break trip to Spain with the first team and could tell instantly this kid was destined to play top level football,” MacAnthony said.
“After playing over 100 games by the age of 19, I am delighted he will get to display his talents in the Championship next season.
“I have no doubt Wigan fans will get behind him, support him and play a part in helping his development as he goes on to show us all at Peterborough what a talented kid he really is.”
“This is a really exciting acquisition for us,” acknowledged Latics chairman David Sharpe.
“And I’d like to place on record my thanks to Darragh MacAnthony and Barry Fry at Peterborough for their respective parts in this deal.”
Boss Paul Cook could not hide his delight at pulling off such a coup. He said;
“Leo has been one of the best young players in the EFL over the past couple of seasons,” gushed Cook.
“And this is a really strong addition to our squad.
“I am looking forward to working with Leo, and believe he will embrace the challenge of Championship football here at Wigan Athletic.
“Everyone has to remember Leo is just 19 and has his best years ahead of him, but he certainly has the foundations to become a top-level player.
“Thanks to the chairman for his work in getting this deal completed so early in the window, which will give Leo the chance to come in and work with us straight away in pre-season.”