Leeds United stance shared over permanent Diego Llorente transfer to Roma amid wage revelation
Leeds United will be hoping that Diego Llorente does well at Roma so they can buy him permanently and take him off the payroll at Elland Road, according to Dean Jones.
The former Eurosport journalist told Give Me Sport on Saturday (16 September) that it was silly to make details of his salary public.
This comes after CEO Angus Kinnear told the Square Ball that the Spain international was on £6million/year in wages.
Jones said, “The problem is when you’re in the place where Leeds were at that time, you have to end up paying wages like that.
“As soon as they were relegated and started to look back on moments that didn’t necessarily cost them but weren’t ideal, Llorente being on £6million-a-year suddenly seems really silly and something that they should have avoided.
“But they didn’t know how it was going to pan out at the time. Now, the only way you can rectify it is to try and get him off the wage bill permanently.
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“They will be hoping that he does well in the meantime so that he does end up joining Roma permanently, I’m sure. Now that everybody is very clear on what he was earning, it’s pretty hard to re-establish yourself after that.”
Putting these numbers in terms of weekly wages shows that Llorente is on £115k/week which is ridiculous.
The Daily Mail released a report in April 2023 which showed that Leeds’ top earner was earning £100k/week.
This obviously did not take into account Llorente, who was by then on loan at Roma, so they were paying his wages.
However, keeping Llorente on such big money symbolises just what a shoddy job Victor Orta did at the helm.
Hopefully, these kinds of things do not happen under the new owners and especially, there are no more ridiculous clauses put in player contracts either.
Next summer, things should be a lot more straightforward dealing with the ins and outs instead of the chaos that ensued this time around.
In other Leeds United news, a Whites player now faces over 12 weeks out of action due to injury if the worst-case scenario takes place.