Leeds United are unlikely to spend big this summer even if they get promoted to the Premier League amid a minimum £175million TV windfall, Football Insider understands.
The Yorkshire giants are already committed to the £15m permanent signing of Helder Costa that will be completed in July and Jean-Kevin Augustin’s loan will be converted into an £18m full-time deal if they go up to the top flight.
Leeds are also keen to activate the options in Jack Harrison and Illan Meslier’s loans, deals that will cost nearly £15m in total.
It means United would have spent nearly £50m on new signings and used up a significant tranche of Marcelo Bielsa’s transfer kitty.
The Championship leaders are not expected to follow the model of Aston Villa last summer and Fulham 12 months earlier and splash out £100m-plus on new talent in a single window.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider they are set to adopt a more prudent approach to the window, more in keeping with Bielsa’s two-season reign.
The Argentine prefers to develop talented young players on the training ground rather than buy established stars at inflated prices.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought financial chaos to football and is likely to see transfer fees and wages tumble in the next window.
Leeds will feel the pinch if they are unable to host matches at Elland Road for a significant section of next season, with matchday revenues set to take a huge hit.
That could mean a very low-key approach this summer even though promotion is worth a minimum of £175m even for teams relegated from the Premier League after one season.
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