By Sam Stone

11th Jan, 2023 | 7:10am

Leeds United agree £17.6m package with Georginio Rutter, five-year contract agreed

Leeds United have agreed a five-year contract with Georginio Rutter worth £17.5million, according to German news outlet, SuedDeutsche.

The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano revealed (personal Twitter account, 8 January) that Leeds have agreed to personal terms with the 20-year-old French striker.

SuedDeutsche have since reported (10 January) a five-year deal has been agreed ahead of the Hoffenheim forward completing a move to Elland Road for a fee in the region of £30million to £35million.

Should he move to West Yorkshire for £35million, the overall transfer could end up costing Leeds £52.9million.

Statement

If Rutter does complete his move to Elland Road this will be a huge statement of intent from the board and a big indication of the level of commitment from the decision-makers at the club. A club-record fee is a rare occurrence and it’s hard to argue with the support Jesse Marsch has been offered since his arrival in West Yorkshire.

The big task for the American is to ensure he gets the most out of the impressively assembled squad he has put together. Marsch has added plenty of players and the pressure is now firmly on his shoulders to get the best out of them.

Rutter certainly fits the bill of being the versatile forward the club were after to solve their striking issues. He will move to Yorkshire with big expectations and there will be pressure on his shoulders to hit the ground running and find the back of the net regularly.

It’s been an excellent start to the window for Leeds and with almost half of the month still remaining, there’s a good chance we will see one or two more additions before the window slams shut.

In other Leeds United news, the club still maintain a firm interest in another forward who is “so strong” despite the movement on Rutter.