Date: 26th June 2019 at 7:21am
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Former Leeds defender Danny Mills has criticised the Whites’ transfer policy amid reports that Jack Clarke is set to join Tottenham Hotspur for just £8.5million.

Potential add-ons could take the deal up to £13million, but Mills has told Football Insider that the base fee would be near on pointless for United in the current market, as it would be hard for Victor Orta and co. to use £8.5million to strengthen Marcelo Bielsa’s squad effectively.

The former England international also reckons Clarke could be worth a figure in the region of £25m and £30million in a years time if he can put together a full campaign featuring the highlight moments we saw when he first broke into the first-team.

A strong season under Bielsa has already seen Kalvin Phillips valued as high as £30million by the United hierarchy, who had allegedly considered Clarke to also be worth £20million.

There is not the potential for Clarke’s transfer fee to rise even marginally though, as Sky Sports understand there are several elements of the deal that have been finalised, including the £8.5million figure, so it appears the teenager will be moving to North London on the cheap soon.

“At the level of £8million, I think Leeds should keep him,” Mills said. “You can’t really reinvest that amount significantly to strengthen your squad.

“Leeds would be better off keeping a player who would play 25 to 30 games next season, may help them get promotion and, if he does well, he could be worth £25m to £30million in a year’s time.

“I just think £8million is far too lowball. There may be add-ons, but they are not guaranteed, and he is hardly to going to be playing regularly for Tottenham, not with the quality of their players.”

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4 Replies to “Ex-Leeds ace criticises club’s transfer policy as £30m talent set to leave on the cheap”

  • If Leeds sell Clarke for that fee it will show them to incompetent in business dealings and should sack whoever sanctions the deal, poor deal for Leeds they just handing millions to Tottenham, ridiculous.

    • I have been a Leeds supporter for 59 years and all we do is sell our best players well give them away it shows to the supporters that they have no ambition to get back in the premiership come on Leeds you’ve got the support from the the fans so let’s not be silly selling good players

  • If this is really the case that clark is allowed to go on the cheap it shows how much ambition this Club has!
    They seem to concern more on making quick money rather than planning for the future!8.5 million can get you nothing better than Bamford if they were to put the money where their mouth is! Yet I doubt this as well!

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