In this instalment of our Transfer Roundup, the Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Leeds United recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Kalvin Phillips signs new contract with clause included
Perhaps the biggest development to have come out of Elland Road recently is that Kalvin Phillips has signed a new deal with the club. According to the club’s official website, the midfielder has put pen-to-paper on a new five-year deal, however it apparently includes a rather intriguing clause.
As per Football Insider, should Leeds fail to obtain promotion to the Premier League this season, the 23-year-old is thought to have a release clause that is suggested to be worth a little more than £20m.
Leeds have done well to tie down Phillips to a new deal, especially with the alleged interest from the likes of Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers and others in the Premier League.
However, there is a sense that the club may have shot themselves in the foot slightly and will need to ensure they do achieve top-flight football next season.
Having recorded statistical data such as an average of 4.7 tackles (in which he leads the rest of the squad), 1.3 interceptions and 1.8 clearances this season (WhoScored), building on last season’s impressive average of 2.6 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 2.6 clearances, 0.6 key passes and a passing success rate of 82.1%.
The pressure certainly looks to be on Marcelo Bielsa’s side for the next eight months or so.
Whites have an option to sign Jack Harrison permanently
Leeds have the option to sign Jack Harrison from Manchester City on a permanent deal, according to another report by Football Insider.
It has been claimed the Championship outfit pushed for the loan move to have a clause inserted allowing the Whites to sign him for a fixed price – a figure thought to be in excess of £10m.
Bielsa and Victor Orta appear to have completed some smart business in regards to including a clause in Harrison’s loan deal, as the Manchester City winger looks to be an excellent player for the Whites.
A mainstay in the Argentine’s side, he has played in all six Championship fixtures so far, scoring one goal and has shown some encouraging signs of the quality he can offer, after a difficult first spell with the club last season.
According to data collected by WhoScored, the 22-year-old has managed to achieve an average of 1.3 shots per game, 1.5 key passes and has completed two dribbles as he bursts down the left-hand side of the pitch.
Although it is still early days, those figures look better than last year’s overall statistics. Harrison scored four goals and provided three assists in his 39 Championship outings, averaging 1.2 shots per game, one key pass and 0.8 completed dribbles.
If he keeps that form up, it would not be a surprise to see Leeds try to exercise the clause in their deal with Manchester City next summer.
Leeds want to offer Stuart Dallas and Mateusz Klich new deals
Leeds are keen on tying both Stuart Dallas and Mateusz Klich to new deals, according to recent reports that have been circulated.
Football Insider have revealed that talks are ongoing regarding the Poland international midfielder about a new contract as he has already entered the final 12 months of his present deal.
It makes complete sense that the club are looking to offer them new contracts as both men have become key figures for Bielsa over the last season and have continued their prominent roles for the Argentine this season as well.
Klich has been just important for Bielsa, as according to data collected by WhoScored, he has managed to average 2.8 key passes in his six league outings, whilst he provided nine assists last season with an average of 1.4 key passes per game. He also offers the Whites plenty defensively as well, as he has contributed with 1.2 tackles.
The Poland international is understood to have attracted interest by a number of clubs in England and abroad over the summer, so Leeds protecting themselves from potentially losing him on a free transfer would also be smart business.
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