Phil Hay: Leeds in advanced talks with £1m-rated PL youngster who has rejected terms with club
Leeds United are in advanced talks to sign 16-year-old Crystal Palace midfielder Jadan Raymond after he rejected a professional contract at his London club.
The Athletic journalist Phil Hay claims the England youth midfielder is “talented” but talks between him and Palace have broken down.
Part of the issue with Palace is that they reportedly want a three-year contract, with Raymond preferring a two-year deal.
His path to the Palace first team is problematic, too.
Leeds won’t have it their own way, with Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes also in talks with the youngster.
If he joins an English club, compensation would be due and that could be as high as £1m.
We don’t know a lot about Raymond but he’s won two caps for the England Under-17 side and he seems to be turning heads at Palace.
He’s described in The Athletic report as “a stylish box-to-box midfielder” who is “comfortable on the ball and can operate anywhere across the midfield”.
That sounds like the perfect Bielsa player.
He’s also rated highly enough at Leeds that they’re talking about a path to the senior squad within 18 months.
That’s very impressive for a 16-year-old who hasn’t signed a professional contract yet.
Victor Orta and Bielsa have a very good track record with youngsters, with Ian Poveda the latest to sign from a Premier League side and make it into the senior set-up.
He made his debut last week against Cardiff and we’re expecting to see much more of him in the remaining eight games.
Bielsa is known to watch the Under-23s constantly and there’s been plenty of movement between that and the senior squad.
We can’t think of a better side for a youngster to sign for, with Leeds on the cusp of a return to the Premier League.
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