Leeds are close to completing the Whites’ first signing of the summer, as United entered advanced negotiations with Manchester City on Wednesday over Jack Harrison’s return to Elland Road, according to Sky Sports.
The 22-year-old failed to capture the hearts and minds of every Whites supporter during his season-long spell in West Yorkshire last term, but manager Marcelo Bielsa was left in no doubt that he wanted the former Manchester United youth player back in his ranks for his second campaign with Leeds.
It could be a mistake by the Argentine to bring the Stoke-on-Trent-born wide man back to Elland Road for another season, though, given his four goals and four assists came across a season that featured ineffective appearances throughout.
In 16 of his outings for United in the Championship, Harrison failed to register a single key pass, while also failing to fashion a single shot on eleven occasions or a successful dribble in 19 games.
However, already having a full campaign working in Bielsa’s game plan under his belt will likely help the £51,000-a-week winger make more of an impact upon his return, should the deal go through.
Harrison is not the only winger to have been linked with the Whites ahead of the new campaign either, so the same reliance that saw the 22-year-old make 42 appearances in all competitions will not be there if someone like Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Helder Costa arrives, too.
Moreover, Harrison’s return on another temporary basis will not eat into our transfer budget greatly, as it has been noted that Leeds struck an agreement with Man City that would see the former England U21 international return to Elland Road for £1million.
The 5 ft 7 winger, who had been valued at £20million by his parent side, is also expected to be announced as a United player again as early as next week, with his camp confident a deal will be sanctioned soon.