By George Overhill

10th Jan, 2023 | 8:40am

Leeds United club-record fee now emerges as Georginio Rutter nears completion with replacement signed

Georginio Rutter’s move to Leeds United is now close to completion with the fee to break the club’s transfer record, Manuel Veth reports.

The Hoffenheim youngster is due in England to complete his medical ahead of the move, with the German side already signing Danish international Kasper Dolberg on loan from Nice to replace him.

The big money that the Whites are set to splash out on the 20-year-old is believed to be approximately €37million [£32.7million], making the French under-21 international the most expensive signing in Leeds United history.

Posting on Twitter Tuesday morning the Forbes and Transfermarkt journalist Veth wrote: “Georginio Rutter to LUFC is nearing completion. Deal is expected to be around €37m.

“Once complete, Rutter will break the record transfer set by USMNT Brenden Aaronson.

“In Kasper Dolberg, Hoffenheim have already signed a replacement.”

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That is serious money for a relegation-threatened club to spend on a player who is yet to reach his full potential, but at least the Whites are putting their money where their mouth is, even if it isn’t entirely clear where that money is coming from.

Andrea Radrizzani is expected to vacate his position at some point in the near future, with the 49ers due to complete a full takeover, so there is speculation that they are behind the winter spending power.

The fee itself has the potential to affect the young forward, who is tipped for great things, but Rodrigo appeared to strain under the pressure of previously being the record signing, and has been a different player since the expnsive arrival of Aaronson who himself has gone off the boil slightly of late.

Some confidence can be drawn from the last first-team forward signing who was brought in at Elland Road with expectations for the future in Willy Gnonto.

The Italian international was seen as a project to develop and was slated to arrive this month before his arrival was brought forward to the previous deadline day as an emergency addition in the wake of the Bamba Dieng move collapsing.

And yet the teenager has recently become a key element in Jesse Marsch’s first team, so perhaps the fact that Rutter is seen as a player who is still to grow into a star man will help relieve some of the immediate pressure, although that fee will be a weight to carry.

Assuming this deal gets over the line in the coming hours or days it will be a significant statement from the club that they aren’t going down without a major fight in this season’s relegation battle.

In other Leeds United news, the club retains strong interest in another target after Andrea Radrizzani was embarrassed by previous collapse.