Leeds United have already spent £40m on two major new signings this summer – Robin Koch and Rodrigo – but the exciting news is that there’s still plenty left in the tank.
The £27m deal for Rodrigo smashed the Leeds transfer record which was set in 2000 when the club signed Rio Ferdinand for £18m.
Talking in an FT interview, Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani said that Leeds still have a budget of £35m-£50m to spend on two or three new players.
Radrizzani also revealed that this budget was in place despite Leeds losing £30m-£40m this year, mainly through lack of matchday revenue.
💷 values club at £270m-£300m. 49ers, Qatar, others, interested in investing
⚽️ remaining transfer budget of £35-£50m
🧮 details on club finances, no long term deal for Bielsa, and more:https://t.co/28dfdI9cC2
— Murad Ahmed (@muradahmed) September 11, 2020
Radrizzani confirmed that he was also looking for additional investment, saying, “The 49ers are interested, Qatar is interested, there are other parties interested.”
This is exactly what Leeds fans will have been wanting to hear.
The top end of that budget is what Leeds would need to bring in Rodrigo De Paul (£30m-£35m) and Josko Gvardiol (£20m), the two players the club have been most strongly linked with.
Leeds are said to want a winger/number 10 and De Paul could play the latter position absolutely brilliantly.
That would free up Pablo Hernandez to play on the right, with Helder Costa and Ian Poveda providing depth.
We’d be very happy with just those two players coming on, along with winger Crysencio Summerville.
This is the business that Leeds have already done this summer and it’s extensive, although a number of these players (Gelhardt, Drameh, Allen, Greenwood) are for the Under-23s initially.
- Helder Costa (£16m)
- Illan Meslier (£5m)
- Jack Harrison (loan)
- Joe Gelhardt (£1m)
- Cody Drameh (£800k)
- Charlie Allen (undisclosed)
- Sam Greenwood (undisclosed)
- Rodrigo (£27m)
- Robin Koch (£13m)
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