talkSPORT pundit expects Leeds United to spend £100million from Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha sales
Leeds United will spend in excess of £100million more this summer because of the scare of almost being relegated, according to Simon Jordan.
The Whites have already brought in Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen from Red Bull Salzburg, followed by Bayern Munich’s Marc Roca, for a combined fee of around £45million, after securing top flight survival on the final day of the season.
But they have already agreed the initial £42million exit to Manchester City of star midfielder Kalvin Phillips, and face losing Raphinha for an even higher fee with Premier League giants circling, so former Crystal Palace owner expects manager Jesse Marsch to be given the benefit of those proceeds and more ahead of the new season.
Jordan responded: “I think they probably will… I don’t see why not.
“They’ve got American investors in there which are potentially the reason Jesse Marsch is in there in the first place.
“I think there’s no doubt that they’ll probably spend the bulk of what they generate in the same way that Aston Villa did [after selling Jack Grealish].
“So I think you’ll find that they’ve had a scare. They know what that scare looks like. They know they weren’t big enough and strong enough as a squad. They know they had big gaps across the board to replace injured players.
“I think they’ll absolutely be spending the £100million, and probably, maybe a little bit more.”
Nothing gets a fanbase going like a big transfer window, and that looks to be exactly what is on the cards this summer at Elland Road.
Losing the top two stars in the squad was never going to be a pleasant experience, and there is still a slim chance that Phillips’ imminently concluded move is the only one if the Raphinha saga takes another turn.
But as long as major exits don’t leave the squad short it doesn’t have to be a massively negative process.
The sale price for the central midfielder is on the low side which is an uncomfortable fact, but theoretically he could still be replaced for less.
And the hope is that in light of how firmly they’ve held out in the face of stubbornness from Barcelona, and a derisory offer from Arsenal, that they will at least extract maximum value if the Brazilian winger goes.
There are a number of intriguing big-money targets already noted, so should a selection of them arrive it will reassure fans to a certain degree.
They will of course have to adapt and fit into what Marsch wants to do in his first full season in charge, which is never guaranteed, but after the nightmare 2021/22 season at least having enough senior players to deal with injuries would be a positive step.