It is fair to say that the joy surrounding Leeds United’s reported pursuit of former loanee Kyle Bartley has not lasted long at all.
The Whites have been heavily linked with a move for the centre back powerhouse in recent days, with the Yorkshire Evening Post claiming that talks have begun with Premier League side Swansea City for the 6’4″ giant’s capture this summer.
Even a potentially serious knee injury, a problem which has plagued him throughout the current campaign, has not stopped the Elland Road faithful from backing a move for the 26-year-old, which would see him return to Yorkshire after a season-long break after his loan spell with the club.
However, the report from Swansea is enough to rip the hope straight out of the hearts of the Leeds fans.
Wales Online state that sources at the Welsh side refute any suggestion that negotiations have begun between the clubs, with the Swans’ Premier League safety reportedly dependent on whether Bartley stays or goes this summer.
However, the situation does not need to remain that way for long – but it does mean that Andrea Radrizzani must take immediate action.
Tabling an offer now that Swansea cannot refuse, regardless of whether they slip into the second tier or retain their top flight status, would not only kick start the Whites’ summer early but avoid any chance of a bidding war from rival sides.
Other than his injury, there is no risk to the move having proven himself as a Championship quality star, and really it should have been a swoop sanctioned 12 month ago after his impressive season-long stint with the Whites.
It is time to fix those mistakes, and ensure that the fans’ hope over seeing Bartley once again has not been built up for nothing.
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