Sources: Bielsa masterplan revealed as Leeds line up £48m signings
Leeds United are set to focus on loans and cheap deals this summer apart from the combined £48million deals they are already committed to, Football Insider understands.
Marcelo Bielsa is not expected to pressure the board to spend big even if his side end their 16-year spell in the lower leagues and get promoted to the Premier League.
That would land United a minimum £175million TV windfall but a Leeds source has told Football Insider the club are not planning on “doing an Aston Villa or a Fulham”.
Both club spent well over £100m on new talent in the summer windows immediately after going up to the top flight, in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Leeds will not follow suit, partly due to the financial chaos caused by the pandemic but also because Bielsa would rather improve his team through shrewd coaching and player development rather than huge investment in the transfer market.
The Argentine has great faith in the relatively small squad at his disposal and the club are already committed to four summer captures.
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The Yorkshire giants will spend £15m for the permanent signing of Helder Costa that will be completed in July and Jean-Kevin Augustin’s loan is due to 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 the kitty Bielsa would have been given for fees and wages.
It remains to be seen whether Leeds will look to renegotiate the fee on the trio of loan-to-buy options.
Even if they do, it is set to be 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.
In other Leeds United news, a major Augustin update can be revealed after first full week of training at Thorp Arch.