Leeds United’s acquisition of Manchester City winger Jack Harrison in the summer has been put back under the spotlight, after Football Insider claimed details of the Whites’ option-to-buy.
Harrison joined the Elland Road outfit for a second consecutive one-season loan deal in July, with the West Yorkshire side confirming they had agreed a clause with the reigning Premier League champions that would see the Championship club offered the chance to purchase the forward in 2020.
Harrison was a key figure in Marcelo Bielsa’s first season at Leeds, with the Stoke-on-Trent born forward featuring in 42 games across all competitions, containing 39 league encounters including both play-off semi-final ties with Derby County (TransferMarkt).
His efforts, which returned four goals and four assists, left boss Bielsa confident that Harrison could soon become a £15million-rated talent, and was insistent on his side securing the 22-year-old’s services for another term.
Among the discussions with Manchester City, Football Insider now claim the Whites pushed for a purchase clause to be instilled in the one-season agreement, with the price fixed below the Citizens’ previously alleged £20million asking price (The Sun).
It is not stipulated the precise sum Leeds and City agreed on, although it is expected to be well in excess of £10million, as Harrison’s £51,000-a-week contract (Spotrac) at the Etihad Stadium has a further three-years to run.
Leeds securing an option to buy Harrison next year at a set amount could look to be one of their better pieces of business this summer come 2020, as the Manchester United product has continued to hold down a regular role in Bielsa’s plans – starting each Championship game this term (TransferMarkt).
The former England U21 international has also recorded 19.6 per cent of Leeds’ successful dribbles in the second-tier so far this season, which is the joint-most with Pablo Hernandez and the best per 90 minutes of any Whites player to have played more than 100 minutes, according to data collected by WhoScored.
Harrison has also played the third-most key passes (9) and fashioned the sixth-most shots (8) of any United man.
In contrast, Ben White – who was named the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month for August – has been a vital member of Bielsa’s backline, but the Elland Road outfit failed to secure an option-to-buy for the centre-back, and will have to hit the transfer market next summer to replace the Poole-born ace.
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