Leeds United’s transfer budget for the summer transfer window will be similar to what was on offer last year, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday that there will not be a significant change in the funds that were available for Thomas Christiansen to what Paul Heckingbottom will have in a few months’ time.
It is understood that instead owner Andrea Radrizzani will try to focus more on make more wages available by cutting down the size of the squad and raising the maximum wage – essentially refocusing the squad to present quality over quantity.
I don't see the budget changing significantly this summer. What the club will try to do (and AR has already been quoted on this) is lower the size of the squad to free up wages and potentially raise the upper wage limit.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) April 3, 2018
Leeds have signed at least 30 players in the last year with director of football Victor Orta investing in the first-team and the Under-23s squad.
Around 15 of them have been signed up to play instant roles in the senior squad, though most of them have been deemed well short of the quality required to help the Whites achieve their dream of returning to the Premier League.
Football Insider verdict
Leeds’ mass overhaul of the squad over the last 10 months has undoubtedly left the club in a worse state than what it was to start with. Gone are players of quality and value like Chris Wood and Charlie Taylor and instead, Heckingbottom and Christiansen have had to deal with dross like Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Vurnon Anita and Jay-Roy Grot. A lot of Leeds’ signings are with a view to them either playing a role in the future or helping the club financially by increasing their re-sale value at Elland Road. However it seems that Victor Orta and Radrizzani have slightly lost sight of the present, with the signing of senior players not being good enough. It’s a massive summer for the Yorkshire giants and they will need to money to execute a great change.