Leeds are facing a busy summer of transfer business having avoided relegation from the Premier League as Jesse Marsch attempts to strengthen his squad and hang on to his star players
Leeds are determined to avoid being dragged into another Premier League relegation fight next season after their final-day escape act this time round.
Director of football Victor Orta is already well advanced with his plans to strengthen Jesse Marsch’s squad and top of his list is Red Bull Salzburg’s Brenden Aaronson. Leeds also want cover at right-back and a striker to take some of the goalscoring pressure off Patrick Bamford.
There is also expected to be a number of outgoings from Elland Road as interest grows in some of the club’s key players. Mirror Sport has rounded up the top Leeds transfer stories and rumors.
Raphinha ‘agreement’ with Barca
Barcelona believe they have reached an agreement with Raphinha for him to join them this summer. Agreeing a fee with Leeds may not be so easy and the Whites’ final-day escape act means Raphinha’s £ 21.5million release clause has not been triggered. Barcelona are short of cash and Catalan daily newspaper Sport claim they want to Leeds to accept an offer of around m 25million for the Brazil winger. Leeds have made it clear they want at least £ 50million to cash in on the Samba star who has been their best player during his two seasons at Elland Road. Barca hope they will drop their asking price because Raphinha has made it clear to them that he wants to move to the Nou Camp.
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Harrison’s Toon test
Newcastle are prepared to test Leeds’ resolve to hang on to Jack Harrison with a bid for the left winger. Harrison is in demand after a second successive season in the Premier League and finished Leeds’ second top scorer with 10 goals. Leeds would be reluctant to lose Harrison, especially with Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips ‘uncertain futures, and Newcastle feel their chances of landing him have been hit by the Whites’ final-day escape act, claims the Daily Telegraph. Tottenham, who are prepared to give Antonio Conte up to £ 150million to spend this summer, are also keen on Harrison.
Phillips asking price set
The Mirror first reported Manchester City’s interest in Calvin Phillips last week and now the Daily Mail claim the England midfielder is a key target for the newly-crowned Premier League champions. They say City want Phillips to replace the departing Fernandinho and believe they can prise him away from his beloved Elland Road. Leeds would reluctantly be prepared to sell Phillips for around £ 50million and he has two years left on his contract. Phillips, 26, has always said he is happy at Elland Road, but joining City would be an opportunity too good to turn down.