A Leeds United source has claimed the club’s wage bill for the season has skyrocketed to over £100million after the recent news of Patrick Bamford’s ‘big money’ deal.
The Lowdown: Big-money deals
The Whites’ output on salaries for the year ending July 2020 totalled up to £78million – a huge increase from the year before.
Leeds’ promotion to the Premier League has seen the wage bill tally up – it sat at just £31m when they were in the second tier.
The Latest: Top six ambitions
According to Football Insider, the wage bill for the current season will rocket past £100million after big-money contracts were handed out to Bamford and the summer incomings.
The report states that the reasoning behind the high figure comes from the vast outlay of expensive talent brought in when Leeds were promoted – Raphinha, Llorente and Rodrigo – whilst Dan James and Junior Firpo moved to the Yorkshire club on lucrative contracts this term.
Bamford’s contract news handed the striker a ‘big-money’ pay rise, a deal that will see the England international remain at the club for a further five years.
With revenues climbing since they were promoted, Andrea Radrizzani holds intentions of competing with the top-six sides and playing in European competitions.
The Verdict: Statement of intent
Last season’s impressive ninth-placed finish was highly impressive and made people sit up and take notice. With the signings of James and Firpo, Leeds look like a serious team now and have all the tools to mount a challenge with the likes of Leicester City, Everton and Arsenal for the final European places this season.
Bamford’s first appearance for England is a good way to identify how far this club has come and they seem to be only just getting started.
In other news, the signing of this international player has been questioned by a Sky Sports pundit. Find out more here.
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