MOT View: Reported clause in 2019 deal for mooted Bielsa target could end up costing Leeds
The rumours linking Leeds United with a move for Southampton striker Che Adams just refuse to go away.
Initially reported to have made a move in January, as per Football Insider, the Whites were unable to land their man, but could go back in for him again this summer.
According to the same outlet, his current employers are set to slash his asking price as they prepare themselves for a clear-out of surplus talent over the coming months.
That could see Adams’ price tag tumble from the £19 million or so they reportedly agreed back at the beginning of the year to something closer to £10 million.
But if a recent report from Birmingham Live is to be believed, things might be a little more complicated than that.
According to the local outlet, Birmingham City, who sold Adams to the Saints in 2019, included a 10% sell-on clause in the deal that took him to the south coast.
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That means that one tenth of any potential fee that the Whites could agree for the 23-year-old would go directly back to the Blues.
Presumably, that would mean that Southampton would look to recoup some of that shortfall by negotiating a higher price for his sale, potentially increasing the amount that Leeds would have to pay out.
And you really have to ask yourself whether Adams is worth pursuing, regardless of whether or not his price would be inflated by a sell-on clause.
This is a forward who has failed to find the back of the net in any of his 27 outings for the Saints – with 22 of those coming in the Premier League.
Is that really the kind of player that Marcelo Bielsa should entrusting with out top flight survival hopes next term, assuming we are promoted?
We’d be inclined to argue not.
In our opinion, the prospect of potentially having to pay a little bit more for him is the final straw for a deal that would surely be an unwise idea in the first place.
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