MOT View: Kinnear confirms how much Leeds could spend this summer & fans should be very excited
Angus Kinnear has said that Leeds United are looking to spend between £75m-£100m on three or four new players this summer – and that’s very exciting news for fans.
The Leeds chief confirmed that’s the level that Leeds need to be spending to get players who have a chance of competing in the Premier League.
This budget wouldn’t just be fees, though, with Kinnear saying that it would take into account “agents fees, wages, transfers and bonuses”.
Talking in an interview with Kinnear on The Square Ball, host Dan Moylan said, “Doing the maths with what you’ve said, with three or four players coming in, and shopping at that sort of ballpark, you’re looking at £75m-£100m just to compete.
Kinnear replied saying, “Yes, it is that type of level when you look at agents fees, wages, transfers and bonuses, that’s the sort of level you need to be at.
“It can be spread out over time, but you’re looking at £10m-£20m for players who have a chance of competing at this level.”
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💰 "That's the type of level you need to be at." – Angus Kinnear tells us what #LUFC will be aiming to do in the transfer market in this window.
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Leeds are yet to make any big moves, beyond triggering options for Helder Costa and Illan Meslier.
Jack Harrison has been brought back on another season-long loan.
That now looks like it’s been done to free up even more money for Leeds to spend.
Leeds have four positions they’re looking to strengthen, with a centre-back, striker/attacker, left-sided defender and goalkeeper needed.
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth has said that Leeds “have identified five top targets and would like to sign them all. Ben White is among them.”
White would definitely cost more than the £10m-£20m that makes up the lower end of the Leeds budget.
And it’s been reported that they already bid £31.4m for Gent striker Jonathan David.
Leeds fans might be desperate for concrete news on new signings but it definitely sounds like they’re on their way. And Leeds are ready to splash the cash.
With the Premier League starting on September 12, it means we’re in for an exciting three weeks.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay thinks major Leeds deal will be done this week after key Thorp Arch development