Major U-turn: Leeds summer transfer plans confirmed
By Richard Parks
Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has revealed to the Yorkshire Evening Post that Leeds United will completely change their transfer approach during the forthcoming window.
United have focused primarily on recruiting players from overseas at bargain prices, with a strong emphasis on strengthening the previously flagging development squad, since the Italian businessman took sole control of the club in May of last year.
But Radrizzani explained there will be a major U-turn this summer as Leeds turn to the British market to reinforce the team irrespective of where the club finish in this season’s Championship.
“The financial condition of the club did not allow us the possibility to buy top, mature players for the Championship in England because the prices are too high,” Radrizzani told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “This year it was necessary for us to have international recruitment. There was no other way we could have players with the quality of Samuel Saiz or Gjanni Alioski from the local market.
“We follow the strategy because we don’t have any other choice but from now on we will be far more focused on the domestic market, particularly the young players.”
Asked if the transfers have been satisfactory, the owner replied to the Yorkshire newspaper: “For me, yes. We were in a different situation this year because we overloaded the club, both in the first team and in Under-23s, with a lot of foreigners.
“Now we will have to select more and see who deserves to stay – build more quality and be more competitive”.
Real Madrid academy product Saiz has arguably been Leeds’ outstanding player this season after being prised from Spanish second-tier side Huesca for a fee of around £3million.
Alioski has played more matches than any other United player in the 2017-18 Championship although his performances have not always convinced supporters.
Others have not fared as well as the attacking midfield duo, with the likes of Mateusz Klich, Jay-Roy Grot and Pawel Cibicki struggling to make an impact for former manager Thomas Christiansen.
In other Leeds United news, it has been confirmed that the club have tabled a mega bid for a goal-a-game international striker amid a series of “extraordinary offers”.
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