By Pranav Shahaney

23rd Jan, 2023 | 6:10pm

Leeds United stance on Azzedine Ounahi price tag emerges post World Cup

Leeds United are reportedly unlikely to sign Angers midfielder Azzedine Ounahi in the January transfer window despite “seriously” considering him.

According to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth [23 January], Leeds do not believe that £25million is a fair and reasonable amount for the Morocco international.

He’s going from once being an £8million to £12million player and his valuation has now probably put the Whites out of contention as they have also signed Georginio Rutter this month for a club-record fee.

Makes sense

The market is currently inflated for Ounahi and Angers will be looking to make as much money as possible from the player’s sale.

However, they are playing a risky game as if clubs do not pay up and he stays on until the summer, he will not be worth as much he is now.

Thus, if they are serious about selling him, they must at least enter negotiations with clubs and then sell him to the highest bidder.

Most if not all clubs will be put off by what they’re quoting right now and it’s fair to say that Leeds are one of them and they may look at other alternatives.

Ounahi is a good player who at 22 is worth investing a decent amount of money into.

But, Leeds cannot afford to get bullied as the general feeling is that they’ve already overpaid for Rutter and money is tight at Elland Road.

Once the takeover is done, perhaps they will end up spending more but as of now, we will be really surprised if a third senior signing is made in January.

In other Leeds United news, a journalist has shared if Leeds are set for a financial gain if Raphinha quits Barcelona in the January window amid links with Arsenal.