Cunha firmly back on Leeds radar
06 Aug 2021 08:00 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Friday 6th August, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Cunha firmly back on Leeds radar
Leeds pursuit of Matheus Cunha has taken a fresh twist after it was disclosed that Herta Berlin have made former Whites target Maxwel Cornet their number one target! With finances tight for everyone since the Covid pandemic, the German outfit will have to raise funds in order to land the striker. The Brazilian U23 forward only signed for Die Alte Dame (The Old Lady) during last years January transfer window. He has made 38 appearance, and netted a dozen times! In 23 appearance for the young Brazilians, he has amassed an astonishing 20 goals!
Cunha has been linked with a move to West Yorkshire all Summer, though things have certainly intensified in the last couple of days. Leeds will have to dig deep. The German outfit want just over £25m.
Should teams be restricted on how much they spend?
We have just seen Manchester City spend a whopping £100m on the services of Jack Grealish, with a similiar amount put aside for England Captain Harry Kane. With a net worth of $22 Billion, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan can afford to spend £200-300m on players, and it will feel like pocket change but is it fair to buy your way to the Premier League title? Only Chelsea with $14.5B, Villa $10.4B and Wolves with almost $10B can afford to compete with him.
Not that I'm saying Leeds are poor! Their owners have a net worth of $4B. Besides Radrizzani, our owners are listed as the 49ers Enterprise, the York family, the Debartolo Corporation, American online shoe and clothing retailer Zappos and a Youtube founder. Yes, Chad Hurley, the co-founder of youtube has invested in Leeds Utd!
Is it a level playing field? If they have the money, should they be able to spend it how they like? Perhaps rich clubs should be taxed 40% of their spending, after going over a certain limit, and ploughed back into the lower leagues?
Is Shackleton on the move?
A host of football clubs are eyeing up a loan move for versatile midfielder Jamie Shackleton. The baby faced 21 year old has been at Elland Road since the age of seven, working his way through the ranks. He was used sparingly last season, usually in cameo roles. During pre season, Shackleton has stood out as one to watch! Bournemouth, who have already signed left back Leif Davis on a season long loan (with a view to a permanent arrangement) have shown the most interest. Do Leeds need Shackleton for the first team, or should he be loaned out to gain more experience? Perhaps you think he is surplus to requirements?
Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross has shared an update on Victor Orta's pursuit of Huddersfield Town's starlet Lewis O'Brien. As disclosed earlier this week, Town have slapped a 10m price tag on their star asset following the interest from Leeds. They will be aware that O'Brien's contract is slowly winding down, and should a fee be agreed; will need time to find a replacement and bolster their squad! According to Cross...
There is nothing imminent by the sounds of it. Lewis O’Brien, from what I’ve read, is someone who interests them, but it doesn’t sound like it’s anywhere near down the track. It sounds as if that one was to happen, they would still need to jump through a fair few hoops from this point onwards. “Of course, these things change very quickly and Victor Orta is rarely off the phone.