Leeds 'take legal advice' over £2m bill amid £17m transfer reveal

Leeds United are taking legal advice over a £2million unpaid bill, according to the club’s newly-published accounts.

The Yorkshire giants were owed nearly £17m from other clubs for transfer fees at 30 June 2019.

Analysis from Football Insider has learned that the sum includes £7.5m of transfer payments due to United by this summer.

There seems to be some doubt over another £2m bill the club are chasing.

Little information is divulged in the accounts as to whether the payment relates to a transfer or other kind of payment, or who is the unnamed debtor.

It is said, nonetheless, that Leeds directors “have taken legal advice” regarding the balance and “expect the debt to be recovered”.

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The Championship giants posted a mixed set of financial results that recorded a pre-tax loss of £21.4m for last season even though turnover climbed to £48.9m.

The extent of Andrea Radrizzani’s investment in Marcelo Bielsa and a higher standard of player was evident as Leeds’ wage bill rocketed from from £31.3m to £46.1m.

This was mainly due to bumper new contracts for the senior players and the deals worth £6million-a-year handed to Bielsa and his coaching staff following their July 2018 arrival.

United finished third in last season’s Championship and were defeated in the play-offs by Derby County at the semi-final stage.

Bielsa’s side were well placed to go one better this season and secure automatic promotion.

They will resume the season – which is likely to be in June – top of the Championship and seven points ahead of third-placed Fulham with nine matches of the campaign remaining.

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