Leeds United may have to be prepared to pay up to £30 million if they hope to sign Ollie Watkins from Brentford this summer, according to a report from the Mirror (2/8; page 67).
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are continuing to prepare for their return to the Premier League this summer. They have, so far, completed permanent deals for loanees Helder Costa and Illan Meslier. But the Elland Road faithful are yet to see a new face arrive through the door.
The Mirror (2/8; page 67) reports that Leeds are monitoring Watkins and will look to make a move should the Bees fail to win the Championship play-off final on Tuesday.
Watkins has scored 26 goals this season to help Thomas Frank’s men to the verge of promotion. Should they get across the line, Bielsa is reportedly aware that a move for the forward is highly unlikely.
However, if they do lose to Fulham at Wembley, Leeds are reportedly eyeing a move. But, unsurprisingly, Watkins will not come cheap.
The Mirror claims that Brentford will want up to £30 million for the 24-year-old.
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Watkins has been outstanding in front of goal this season. But he has also highlighted his versatility having played predominantly through the middle having previously impressed in one of the wider roles at Griffin Park.
It is not difficult therefore, to see why Bielsa is monitoring the forward this summer. Several members of Leeds’s squad are capable of playing in a number of roles, and that has allowed Bielsa to maintain a small squad.
It remains to be seen what Leeds make of Brentford’s reported asking price. But it would be no surprise if Bielsa was one of those watching the play-off incredibly closely tomorrow night.