Leeds should secure Kent in bargain deal
It looks like Leeds are set to bank £3.5m from the sale of Bailey Peacock-Farrell to Burnley.
But, while the club is seemingly set on bringing in a replacement before the transfer window shuts, we can think of a better use for the money.
Marcelo Bielsa wanted four players this summer and he’s already signed three of them – Helder Costa, Ben White and Jack Harrison. The other player he wanted – preferably on loan – was Liverpool’s Ryan Kent.
However, Jurgen Klopp ruled out another loan move after the 22-year-old spent a successful 18/19 season at Rangers with Steven Gerrard.
The Liverpool manager said: “His time is over for loans. At the age he is now, he needs to find a place where he can settle. We will see what happens but a loan is not planned.”
Rangers can’t afford to buy him but could the £3.5m that Leeds get for Peacock-Farrell facilitate a late move?
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According to journalist Andrew Dickson it would only take £7m to sign him – down from a reported fee in excess of £12m earlier in the summer.
If Kent is a hit at Leeds like he was at Ibrox, that would be a real bargain for a player who has impressed Bielsa and his resale value could be much more than that in the future.
If Bielsa doesn’t want another centre-back and is happy with Will Huffer and Kamil Miazek as stand-ins for Kiko Casilla or can find a cheap loan keeper, Kent should be the final throw of the dice for Leeds.
A line on Ryan Kent… @SkySportsNews understands it will take an offer of around £7m to sign the forward. While that's a lot for Rangers to spend, it's not that much for a player of his quality, age and future potential in today's market. Would have expected eight figures.
— Andrew Dickson (@mrandrewdickson) August 1, 2019