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John Hartson: I think that will treble now

John Hartson: I think that will treble now

Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United suffered quite the transfer blow in January after a deal to bring Swansea City’s Daniel James to Elland Road collapsed (Telegraph). 

Looking at the season the 21-year-old is having, he could have given the Leeds boss another dangerous weapon out wide as his side chases Premier League promotion.

And should the Argentinian target James again in the summer, former Wales striker John Hartson believes any potential deal is now likely to be a very expensive one.

“He’s got a bright future,” the BT Sport pundit told talkSPORT when speaking about his compatriot. “He scored a goal in his second cap where he was starting on the left-hand side. He has ridiculous pace and played well against Manchester City in the FA Cup.

“He was almost out of the door and was up at Leeds signing for £10million and he brought him back. I think that will treble now with the market the way it is.”

For as good as James has been this term, Swansea demanding £30m for the Wales international let alone Leeds paying £30m seems highly unlikely.

The Swans were already close to doing a deal at £10m for a player with no Premier League experience. Unless there are clubs from English football’s top flight prepared to get into a bidding war, it is hard to imagine how the Championship outfit can request the sort of money Hartson has spoken about.

Swansea, of course, could point towards someone like James Maddison, who after recently making that step up from the Championship to the Premier League, is probably now a £30m player after just one season.

But even so, spending £30m on just one player is unlikely the route Andrea Radrizzani will instantly want to go down should Leeds gain promotion.

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