By Craig Scott

10th Jun, 2022 | 4:10pm

Leeds United predicted to spend up to £80m in transfer blizzard after Marc Roca update - Graham Smyth

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth predicts Leeds United could spend up to £80million this summer with a move for Marc Roca potentially costing £10million of that.

Leeds have already signed Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen from Red Bull Salzburg for a combined total of around £35million and it is understood that if a deal for Bayern Munich midfielder Roca, 25, is completed, the Whites are likely to pursue more targets.

The Daily Mail reported on Thursday (9 June) that Leeds are in talks over a £10million swoop for Spanish ace Roca.

Writing on the YEP website on Friday (10 June), Smyth suggested that Leeds will also look into signing up to three more new players as well as adding to their Under-23s squad.

“If the next signing is in the same £10m ball park or upwards, the board will be well on their way to a £50m outlay, with probably two or three positions still to strengthen after that and a raft of Under-23s targets in mind to boot,” said the Yorkshire Evening Post reporter.

“It remains to be seen if the totality of Leeds’ business will be dependent on an exit for a prize asset, but £70m or £80m doesn’t feel at all like an unrealistic summer spend when the needs of the squad are taken into account.

“Spend that, however, and financial commitment cannot be disputed.”

Keep them coming

Aaronson and Kristensen should be solid additions to the Leeds United squad.

By bringing them in, Jesse Marsch and Victor Orta have sorted out two problem areas at Elland Road while a move for Roca would also add some much-needed depth in the holding midfield area.

We’ve struggled massively when Kalvin Phillips has been unavailable and there’s a chance that the Leeds star might even be sold this summer.

While Roca might not be seen as a replacement for Phillips just now, he may well end up being just that.

Away from those three players, Leeds also need a back-up left-back, a back-up goalkeeper and a back-up striker who can compete with Patrick Bamford for a starting berth.

If we add those players to the squad, we’ll feel so much more confident about doing well in the 2022/23 Premier League season and not being in a relegation battle again.

If Phillips does go, he’ll need to be replaced and the same goes for Raphinha so we might see way more than £80million being spent this summer if funds are reinvested into the squad.

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