As Leeds continue to look to make waves in the transfer market this summer, the club could well spring a few more surprises before the season kicks off this weekend.
Big money signings such as Robin Koch and Rodrigo Moreno have captured the imagination of Leeds fans, while the likes of Rodrigo De Paul and Ryan Kent have also been linked in recent weeks.
It is proving that Victor Orta is willing to put the work in to back Marcelo Bielsa in key positions. And while the club has landed Spanish star Rodrigo, they still remain a bit short in terms of actual number nines.
However, the club could solve that issue by rekindling some past interest in Chelsea forward, Michy Batshuayi. The Whites were linked with a move for the Belgian just last month, with HLN claiming a deal may be in the offing.
And amid reports Chelsea are willing to loan the forward out once again, Leeds surely have the perfect chance to cement a loan deal.
Massive wages but a loan could work for Leeds
The big issue with signing Batshuayi comes with his contract and the wages involved. According to Spotrac, the Belgium international earns £100k-a-week at Stamford Bridge.
Clearly, that would make him the top earner at Leeds and if they paid a permanent transfer fee and awarded those sorts of wages, it could have a crippling effect on the club.
But a season-long loan move might be worth it. Leeds will need more firepower this season and while Rodrigo is an excellent signing, he is still not a ‘natural’ number nine type striker.
Adding Batshuayi would take the pressure off Patrick Bamford and also given Bielsa a forward who knows the league well. He’s quick, powerful, and surely now, at 26, wants to prove himself fully at PL level.
A short-term deal, then, could be the ideal scenario for both player and club here.