Leeds United have drawn “a lot of admiring eyes” for their players and will not hesitate to sell up if they don’t receive £80million for Premier League survival.

That is according to football finance expert and new Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively as a stunning report identified Leeds as the world’s sixth-biggest transfer spenders in 2020.

The newly-promoted side rank above the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Bayern Munich in FIFA’s Global Transfer Market Report.

They spent just shy of £100m ahead of their first Premier League season in 16 years, with Rodrigo (£26m) and Raphinha (£17m) among the most expensive arrivals.

But Maguire believes that there is no significant jeopardy attached to shelling out so much on new players.

Asked if this was a high-risk strategy, Maguire was unequivocal: “No, not at all. It’s an investment and they would recoup a lot of money if they are relegated by selling the players.

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“Players are ultimately tradable assets, and Leeds have a lot of admiring eyes for some of their players.

“So the cost of the deals themselves will be spread over a number of years because the deals are in instalments and if it enhances their chances of retaining their position in the Premier League, that’s worth £80m even after you take into consideration the parachute payments. So it’s a logical thing to do.”

While relegation is a worry for all but the most powerful clubs in the Premier League, it does not look like an immediate concern for Andrea Radrizzani and co.

They are currently in 12th place, with an 11-point cushion between themselves and 18th place Fulham.

In other news, a top pundit has cast his verdict as Leeds United are offered the chance to sign a Ligue 1 striker reported to be faster than Kylian Mbappe.