Revealed: Clause allows Leeds to sign loanee permanently
By Pete O’Rourke and Wayne Veysey
Leeds United have the option to sign Jack Harrison from Manchester City permanently after it was written into his loan contract, Football Insider has learned.
The Championship giants recruited the winger, 22, from the Premier League champions during the summer transfer window on a second consecutive season-long deal.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club pushed for the opportunity to sign Harrison permanently at the end of the season and can do so at a fixed price.
Marcelo Bielsa is a big admirer of Harrison, and requested that Leeds explore a loan-to-buy deal in a similar way to how they did in signing Helder Costa from Wolves in a transfer that will become permanent next summer for £15million.
The Costa clause is an obligation for Leeds to buy him, while Harrison’s is an option that can be triggered at the end of the campaign.
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The stipulated fee is likely to be well in excess of £10million, given that Harrison has three more years remaining on the City contract he signed when he joined in January of last year.
Leeds are convinced the wide forward has the pedigree and promise to mature into a player good enough to thrive in the Premier League rather than just the lower divisions.
He has made an impressive start to the season on the left side of the attack, fending off competition from Costa and Jack Clarke to start all six of the team’s Championship matches.
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