Leeds United could have up to an extra £35million to spend on signings in the summer transfer window, according to expert Kieran Maguire.
The Lowdown: Key summer at Leeds
The Whites enjoyed a triumphant return to the Premier League last season, finishing ninth in the table and arguably playing some of the most attractive football in the division.
It is vital that Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t rest on his laurels, however, strengthening his squad this summer and looking for an even better finish next time around.
The Latest: Expert provides big update
Leeds look to set to have receive a major boost, in that respect, with a hefty amount of funds seemingly set to be available for Bielsa in the next few months.
Speaking to Football Insider, football finance expert Maguire outlined precisely why this will be the case, with as much as £35million extra to spend mooted:
“Leeds can certainly afford to spend more. They have had substantial financial developments. They finished 9th and probably budgeted to finish something like 16th.
“So realistically, they’ve got an extra £15-20m from that particular [prize money] pot. They were also chosen as the first picks for matches to be broadcast live on TV 24 times, so that’s an extra £14m.
“That’s because the first 10 picks are considered part of the overall deal and anything above that is an additional £1m per match.
“So we’ve automatically got around about £35m in the budget that they hadn’t originally budgeted for.
“The sponsors are very keen to get into bed with them too, so you’d imagine that Leeds will have a pretty good budget to work with this summer.”
The Verdict: Time to go up another level
Leeds are in the best position they have been in for many years and this update is a major positive for them in their quest to push towards a European finish next season.
Bielsa doesn’t need to make huge changes to his squad, but bringing in a few top class players could improve his starting lineup and make the squad depth even more formidable.
It is a crucial summer in which Leeds have to get their business right – if they do, they should aim big in 2021/22.
In other news, Leeds have been linked with an incredible move for one player this summer. Find out who it is here.
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