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Leeds’ Managing Director Angus Kinnear has opened up on the club’s transfer window in an interview with Yorkshire Evening Post, detailing how much money they turned down for respective players over the summer.
Leeds had a rather topsy-turvy transfer window that saw Kalvin Phillips sit at the centre of interest from the Premier League.
Aston Villa plotted a £14m move at one stage whilst he also caught the attention of Wolves and Bournemouth. He eventually stayed but there were departures in the form of both Pontus Jansson and Kemar Roofe.
However, Leeds turned down offers for some of their other star players, something which offers a sign of the huge ambition they have as a football club. Speaking to Yorkshire Evening Post, Kinnear said:
“If you look at the single biggest bids we’ve received for players, we’ve received over £35m worth of bids. If you take the biggest bid for Kalvin, Adam Forshaw, Luke, Pablo, there’s £35m we’ve turned down.”
After Jansson’s sale it all seemed very doom and gloom at Elland Road. Supporters weren’t pleased with their defence and understandably so after some of their pre-season showings.
Yet, there are reasons to be positive heading into their second match of the season this weekend with Nottingham Forest.
The news that they rejected £35m worth of bids is a colossal sign of the sheer ambition they have to get back into the Premier League, even if some of their transfer business dictated that aim wasn’t there.
The majority of their business was all loan additions but in holding onto players like Phillips, Adam Forshaw, Luke Ayling and Pablo Hernandez, Leeds have set themselves up for a far greater season.
There were initial fears over financial fair play when selling Jansson but that now doesn’t appear to be as big a problem if over £30m was turned away this summer.
For Leeds, this is an indication of where they are as a team and Kinnear’s comments add extra weight to the aspirations they have.
Swatting away interest from other clubs should be hugely encouraging.