Dan Plumley: Leeds United hit by numerous hidden costs in deadline day madness
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Dan Plumley has insisted that Leeds United were hit by the hidden costs of their deadline day madness, with money on private jets now lost and unrecoverable.
The Finance Expert admitted that it is a tricky balance for clubs and owners, with Andrea Radrizzani forking out numerous times to no avail.
Victor Orta jetted out to try and sign PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo, with jets also being booked for Bamba Dieng before that move also collapsed.
“It’s the risk of it all,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.
“It’s cost that you cannot recover because if you sign the player you can say great, you can kind of offset that and say it was worth it in the long run. But, if it doesn’t come off, you cannot recover that cost and it is just gone.
“It is small change in relation to the bigger picture revenue of the club, but it is still cost that you’ve incurred that if you could have it back, you would. Those are the hidden dangers and hidden risks linked to deadline day and there are a lot of costs involved even for transfers that don’t go through.
“It’s a tricky balance for clubs.”
It was a shocking end to the window for Leeds.
When you also add in the planes to take medical staff across to Switzerland for Wilfried Gnonto, and the flight booked to bring in to and from Zurich after deadline day, it all adds up.
Radrizzani had to fork out numerous times with the hope of pulling off that big deadline day arrival, but when it didn’t happen, the disappointment must have been clear.
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