Leeds United smashed their transfer record for Valencia striker Rodrigo this summer, for an initial fee of £27m.
Rodrigo is the current Spain number nine and plenty of Leeds fans think they’ve got a bargain after an update on another big summer striker target, Brentford’s Ollie Watkins.
BBC journalist Phil McNulty has claimed that Watkins is “close to deal” with Aston Villa for an initial fee of £28m. That could rise to £33m with add-ons.
Aston Villa close to deal for Brentford striker Ollie Watkins. Fee is an initial £28m which could rise to £33m with add-ons.
— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) September 8, 2020
Leeds were linked strongly with Watkins over the summer, with Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross stating the Whites were “serious” about the Brentford attacker.
He said he would be amazed if Leeds didn’t bid for him, although at the time it was thought Watkins had an £18m relegation release clause.
That doesn’t seem to be the case and a fee that could rise to £33m is a huge amount of money for a player who’s never played above Championship level.
One Leeds fan said, “The English premium is ludicrous” and that sums up the general disbelief among Whites fans this afternoon.
One said, “And you wonder why our attention has switched to the European market”.
Leeds fans certainly think they came out on the right side of this deal, signing a full Spain international for less money than Watkins is going to cost their Premier League rivals.
Here are the best reactions from bemused supporters…
And villa laugh at us for signing Rodrigo 😂😂😂
— Mr Peacock (@Aaron_Peecs) September 8, 2020
The price inflation for English players is getting ridiculous. A lot of money who has had 1 good championship year under his belt….
— Sam Cussins (@samcussins) September 8, 2020
Rodrigo: proven international, champions League experience £27m. Watkins: never played above championship £33m. Great business villa 😆😆😆
— Ben Legg (@BenLegg8) September 8, 2020
Villa fans – Rodrigo overpriced paid too much.
Also Villa fans – £28-33m for a Championship player, get the deal done.
— Wayne (@wayneleedsfan) September 8, 2020
This English premium is ludicrous.
— Daryl💡 (@DarylRS29) September 8, 2020
— Terence O Connor (@TerenceLUFC) September 8, 2020
English transfer market is a mess.
Ollie Watkins, who is a good player but has only really had ONE good goalscoring season in the Championship.
Is costing the same as our Spanish international & Champions League player.
— Dan Samme (@DanSamme) September 8, 2020
— Right In The Gary Kellys 🏆 (@RITGK) September 8, 2020
He’s an excellent championship player,I would of been happy if he ended up with us but that’s a lot of dough considering we payed very similar fees for Spain current number 9 https://t.co/oi4IewUs1A
— Benny EPL 🏆💙💛🏆 (@BennyTaylsLUFC) September 8, 2020
— Josh Panch Stott💙💛 (@joshstott94) September 8, 2020
Even Aston Villa fans think it’s a lot of money, with one saying, “I really like Watkins, but this money is madness.”
I really like Watkins, but this money is madness.
— Adam Gilks (@SgtGilko) September 8, 2020
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