Leeds United were very quiet during the January transfer window, though it was not entirely through any fault of their own.
The Yorkshire outfit did attempt to sign Brenden Aaronson from RB Salzburg but they saw two bids of around £15m and £20m rejected for the American midfielder, whilst some reports suggested that submitted an offer for young Calvin Ramsey of Aberdeen too.
A lack of spending is certainly cause for concern as Marcelo Bielsa’s playing squad has been ripped through with injury quite regularly throughout the 2021/22 campaign.
However, it’s thought that they will spend big in the summer.
“They have huge ambition and they’re going to be big hitters – they feel – in the transfer market, maybe from the summer,” claimed transfer insider Dean Jones to GIVEMESPORT.
“They certainly will be by this time next year. They think they can be going for some big names, but they couldn’t really buy those players in January.”
Well, how might that look? And how is it going to be funded? After all, the 49ers Enterprises are still only minority shareholders.
According to TEAMtalk, United are confident of signing Aaronson in the summer, so he could well become their first big splash.
Director of football Victor Orta was even seen in Europe trying to complete a move for the 21-year-old dynamo in the final few days of the window but it was always a losing battle with Salzburg still in the Champions League.
But the American will surely kickstart a spending spree at Elland Road.
A new full-back is likely to be on the agenda. That much is evident by their mooted interest in Ramsey, though it’s a new left-sided option that could be the priority as they only have one choice in Junior Firpo and he has been inconsistent this season.
Reports in Brazil suggest that Bielsa was keen on signing Guilherme Arana from Atletico Mineiro. He helped guide the club to the Serie A title, where he delivered five goals and seven assists across 48 appearances, via Transfermarkt.
He could come into a backline containing Pascal Struijk, Diego Llorente and Luke Ayling, in front of shot-stopper Illan Meslier. Leeds have hardly had the services of club captain Liam Cooper but he’s someone that will need to be upgraded in the coming seasons.
In midfield, United will hold firm over any interest in Kalvin Phillips. He and Aaronson could be joined by Marseille powerhouse Boubacar Kamara, who is available on a free transfer in the summer.
Leeds are thought to be battling Manchester United to his signature, as per Sky Sports.
There will be a lot of interest in Raphinha in the summer after the Yorkshiremen kept hold of him in January. There is an acceptance that he is someone that could be sold to raise big money and they could well cash in, in a bid to fund this spree.
He’ll then join Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford in the attack.