The Sun have claimed that Leeds United are ‘desperate’ to sign Manchester City winger Jack Harrison on a permanent basis this summer, but have been quoted an enormous £20million to nab his signature.
Harrison, 22, has been a mainstay in the Leeds side under Marcelo Bielsa throughout 2018-19. He played 42 times in all competitions under the Argentine manager, who is yet to confirm that he is staying at Leeds.
The England youth international, who joined Manchester City from MLS side New York City where he played alongside Frank Lampard, David Villa and Andrea Pirlo, scored four goals and created four more.
A regular under Bielsa, it is perhaps no surprise that the Whites want to keep the former Middlesbrough loanee. But at £20million, it is claimed that Leeds may be priced out of a move.
Harrison is a top player and has plenty of potential. His final product needs work and improving his stats is certainly an area that Leeds will look to improve if he does remain.
But at £20million, he would be overpriced. It would be Leeds’ second most expensive signing in their history, narrowly falling behind Rio Ferdinand’s move from West Ham United. It eclipses Robbie Keane’s transfer.
If Leeds can negotiate another loan deal, or indeed a fee that is perhaps half of what Manchester City are asking for, then it would be much more foreseeable. But at £20million, Leeds can do a lot better.