Greek outlet SDNA have claimed that Vurnon Anita is currently discussing a compensation fee with Leeds United in a bid to mutually terminate the versatile star’s contract.
Anita, 30, signed a three-year deal in the summer of 2017 after helping Newcastle United gain promotion to the Premier League. He made the surprise switch to Elland Road, but the Dutchman proved to be a flop.
The former Ajax star managed 22 outings in his first season, before being loaned out to Dutch Eredivisie side Willem II last season – where he fared much better – clocking up 33 outings in all competitions.
Greek side Panathinaikos are interested as are clubs from his home country, but it seems the only way Anita will join a new side is by leaving Leeds and becoming a free agent. The problem being, that he has 12 months left at Leeds.
Leeds and Anita, as per the report, are discussing terms over a compensation fee for the three-time Netherlands international to leave. He is looking for around £7,000 a week from any interested parties.
TBR’s view – Releasing Anita will save Leeds in the long run
Gaining promotion with Newcastle, three caps with the Netherlands and likely to be on a decent wage at St. James’ Park with The Toon, Anita will have been on decent money at Elland Road.
Financial fairplay is looming and there are a lot of players on the sidelines at Leeds that are on big money. Anita joins the likes of Laurens De Bock, Samu Saiz, Ouasim Buoy, Pawel Cibicki, Eunan O’Kane and more.
Offloading Anita for a compromised sum will see Leeds make a profit in the long run, instead of seeing the Dutch utility player remain at Elland Road and rake in the wages.