I think these fans might be getting a little ahead of themselves.
Talking about transfers in the summer, even at this stage of the season is nothing new or exciting, just take a look at the story surrounding Kalvin Philips at the weekend. However, when you add the little caveat of promotion into the mix, then you’re starting to get into dangerous territory.
As Phil Hay revealed during a ‘mailbag’ section on The Athletic this past weekend, Leeds United have got a number of transfers and fees lined up for the summer, including the likes of Helder Costa for around £15m and Jean-Kevin Augustin for around £17m. In addition, they also hold various options for players such as Jack Harrison and Illan Meslier at a combined fee of around £13m, bringing their total outlay to around £45m already.
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And this talk has created quite a stir amongst the Leeds fanbase, with a lot of them discussing whether or not these deals are going to be good value for money, or indeed how they should attack the rest of the January transfer window, and it led to some rather interesting comments.
45 million for those players is a good deal.
— Jawn Jawn 2: Electric Boogaloo (@notericjrorbc) February 24, 2020
That’s what I thought?
Hopefully a go at signing White too, I’d have thought, so potentially another 20 with that?
— Lee Wakefield (@Wakefield90) February 24, 2020
Realistically assuming we sign Meslier, Harrison and Augustin. I think we are looking at an additional,
3 x centrebacks =£30m
1 x backup cdm =£5m
1 x cam= £20m
1 x winger= £15m
1 x striker = £25m
— Thomas 💙💛🤍 (@Leodiensian90) February 24, 2020
Worrying about something that might not even happen. lol…
— Sean 💛💙 (@seanmlufc) February 24, 2020
Harrison 8mil is good business as is Meslier.
Augustin isn’t nailed on for 17 mil, whatever an obligation means?
— jamie croft 💙💛 (@CroftLeeds) February 24, 2020
Worked this out a while back: Harrison, Costa, Augustin = 40m ish + Mezlier = 44/45m + White (only likely if Brighton go down, but likely to be 20m territory) = 65m to stand still.
— Mark Thompson (@SkyNewsThompson) February 24, 2020
Ridiculous if that deal is an obligation to buy over an option because he has shown nothing to suggest he is worth anywhere near that.
Harrison and Meslier aren’t bad deals at the prices though.
— Barry From Beeston (@rex_arms) February 24, 2020
Bielsa said a fit playing week on week out Augustin would be worth £40m so if he’s correct £17m would be a good deal.
— Andy Wade (@AndyWade72) February 24, 2020
Let’s just save all this talk until we know what division we’re in next season, shall we?