Have Leeds been ripped off in Clarke deal?

According to reports from The Sun, Jack Clarke will join Tottenham in a deal worth an initial £8.5m which could potentially rise to £13m.

Understandably, that figure has gotten people talking as it is much lower than the £20m Spurs were reportedly quoted earlier in the window.

Many United supporters are furious at this latest update, and you can see why. A number of fans will have been expecting a huge financial windfall when they sold their young talent, but instead, they will be receiving a much lower fee.

The Yorkshire outfit are reportedly operating on a sell before you buy policy, so it is vital for the club to maximise their profits when conducting business of this kind.

But while some Leeds fans may feel they have been ripped off, have they actually? Clarke is unproven at the top level, and he wasn’t even a consistent starter for the Whites last term.

Football FanCast’s writers have had their say as to whether or not Leeds have been ripped off on this deal.

Matt Dawson

“In the modern market you’d certainly expect Leeds to be selling a player like Clarke for more than that. I wouldn’t necessarily say they’d be getting ripped off but it could definitely be seen as poor business. He’s one of their most promising young players, having made 24 league appearances last term, and therefore Spurs would definitely be getting the better end of this deal after the potential he displayed.

I don’t think Leeds would even be able to strengthen their squad too much by taking in a measly £8.5m. If they can bump the transfer fee to something around the £15m mark they’d be far better off for it. At the current rate, they’d be foolish to sell.”

Harry Sherlock

“There are two sides to every negotiation and Leeds have clearly deemed Clarke as being worth £8.5m. It may seem like a paltry figure in today’s market but, really, what exactly is his pedigree? Clarke has played a single season of senior professional football and there’s no reason that any club should have to pay upwards of £10m for him. Spurs, after all, are trying to speculate to accumulate here. Clarke could end up being a genuinely excellent signing, becoming the next youngster to emerge as a brilliant first-team player. Or he could sink without a trace and end up moved on elsewhere. If it’s the former, this looks a terrible deal for Leeds, but really, they can’t ask for any more. It’s a totally fair price.”

Ben Goodwin

“I don’t believe Leeds are being ripped off for Clarke when you consider the total fee including the add-ons, as the youngster has so little first-team experience and none in the top flight. However, it is a little bizarre to me that a side on the brink of something great would accept a deal that effectively limits how much of the fee they can spend this summer. A couple more first-team signings could be just the extra push needed to go one step further to promotion next year, and the full fee up front would have gone a long way to helping that ambition.”

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