Leeds could sign summer target for cut-price fee

Said Benrahma pre-match play-off final

After years of trying, Leeds United are finally back in the promised land.

Not since 2004 have the Whites contested in the Premier League, but their long wait is now eventually over.

Their time out of the top-flight has seen them relegated to League One, endure ownership struggles under Massimo Cellino, and play out successive mid-table finishes in the Championship.

Add their remarkable collapse in 2018/19 into the equation and it hasn’t particularly been an enjoyable period for a club with a pedigree of playing Champions League football.

That still seems like a long way away for Leeds but under Marcelo Bielsa, it feels like anything is possible.

Whether it’s improving the car parking at Thorpe Arch or getting his coaches to study every single set piece in Europe’s top five leagues, his methods certainly catch the eye.

And who can pick bones with what he does? Ultimately, it earnt Leeds promotion.

Marcelo Bielsa issues instructions

The baton has now been handed over to Director of Football Victor Orta, the man in charge of the club’s transfer strategy.

He claims he has a plan, and this week we started to see that put into place with the additions of Joe Gelhardt, Charlie Allen and the arrival of Jack Harrison on loan.

One player who has been regularly linked with a move to Leeds, however, is Said Benrahma. The winger failed to achieve promotion with Brentford but a Premier League move could be on the cards for him anyway.

Detailing the latest in the Whites’ pursuit of the attacker, Phil Hay had some surprising news. 

He revealed the following on his podcast, The Phil Hay Show:

“There does seem to be a sense at Leeds that they can get Benrahma for perhaps a pretty reasonable fee of about £12m-£15m, rather than the big whack that you would expect, which was a surprise to me, but that’s certainly what they were hoping.”

Said Benrahma Wembley play-off final

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In previous weeks it’s been claimed that Benrahma would cost any potential suitor a whopping £25m.

Therefore, to hear that Leeds could sign him for just £15m is particularly eye-catching.

To put things simply, if Orta pulls this deal off, it will be an absolute masterstroke.

For context, £15m was the fee that Leeds paid for Helder Costa after a season where he scored just scored four goals. 

Benrahma

Benrahma has shown he has added quality, hitting the back of the net on 17 occasions and also creating nine assists. With those numbers in mind, the Algerian is clearly a better player than Costa, and arguably has a higher ceiling too.

His trickery is unmatched by anyone in the Leeds squad. This season the Brentford star registered three dribbles per match and 3.8 shots per game. 

For both areas, he is above every single player at Elland Road. 

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