Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa steps in with £8m transfer demand causing stumbling block

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Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has reportedly made it clear that he doesn’t want the club to splash out £8million on Lewis O’Brien. Reports earlier this week had claimed that a deal between Leeds and Huddersfield was edging closer.

Bielsa has seemingly made O’Brien his top priority in the final few weeks of the summer transfer window.

The midfielder impressed last season under Carlos Corberan, who had previously worked for two years alongside Bielsa.

Leeds failed in their pursuit of a midfielder 12 months ago, but Bielsa doesn’t want to be left behind again this time around.

Huddersfield are prepared to let O’Brien leave to move to Elland Road this summer.

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And a fee of £7m was reportedly expected to be agreed between both parties.

But The Athletic now report that negotiations are still ongoing with Huddersfield holding out for £8m.

The main issue though appears to be the fact Huddersfield want a large portion of that fee paid up front.

“That certainly ties in with the Lewis O’Brien deal,” Phil Hay said on The Athletic podcast.


“That’s been spoken about for a good few weeks now, and Huddersfield want around £8million, a lot of the money upfront.

“Leeds haven’t been prepared to pay that, and don’t think the valuation is right and that is what Bielsa is saying.

“Even if you think £8million is not a lot of money for a Premier League club if that isn’t your valuation, you probably aren’t going to do it.”

Leeds have received some good news this week though after Patrick Bamford put to bed rumours of him leaving by signing a new contract.

He put pen to paper on a new five-year deal amid reports Tottenham were interested in making a move.

“There’s not been many times in my career that I’ve been settled as I am now, so it was important for me to get this tied down and I can concentrate on the season ahead,” he said.

“Ultimately, Leeds have got to be aiming to get back into Europe.

“I remember back in the days when they were in those competitions and they were a team everyone was frightened of.

“I think that’s got to be the ultimate aim for us.”

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