Good Morning. It's Wednesday 25th March, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Leeds held talks with Ibrahimovic prior to January transfer window
Andrea Radrizzani sensationally revealed that the club held talks with Zlatan Ibrahimovic prior to the January transfer window. The 38 year old former Swedish International decided instead to sign a six month deal to take him back to the San Siro. Although the wrong side of 30, the veteran striker continues to score goals wherever he goes. Eight games in to his second spell at AC Milan, the 6ft 5 hitman has already netted 3 times. Ibrahimovic did not discount joining the Whites once his short term contract expires. The main hurdle is whether Bielsa would EVER be prepared to drop Bamford, and give anyone else a chance?
Leeds players salaries to be capped at £6000 per week
Leeds Utd Managing Director Angus Kinnear and Director of football Victor Orta met with players (conference calls) to discuss the financial impact the coronavirus has had on the club.
The wages bill at Elland Road has more than doubled over the last two years to a staggering 40m, more than half a dozen Premier league clubs. Leeds have the highest gate receipts in the Championship, and with only minimal income coming in and no parachute payments like some of their rivals, the club is looking to minimise their expenditure.
The hierarchy have asked players and staff whether they'd consider having the majority of their wages deferred until the disruption of the coronavirus passes. The proposal believed to be put forward would mean that all players (and staff) would have their salaries capped at a maximum of £6000 per week. Early reports suggest the players are embracing the idea. A number of players including Hernandez, Cooper, Dallas, Klich and Ayling join Forshaw earning circa £20,000 a week.
Coronavirus could prove to be an economic disaster for the Whites - Radrizzani
Andrea Radrizzani has been speaking to the Italian press on how the coronavirus is effecting the Whites.Y He also admits the crisis could prove to be an economic "disaster" for the Championship leaders.
A disaster, unfortunately. To be competitive, a club like ours loses £8m to £10m every year and nobody wants to keep a business that loses money every year. This situation aggravates the budget. Not having five home games, we will lose about £2.5m, which are the only source of revenues since such figures do not come from TV rights. This epidemic aggravates this situation, which is already normally complicated.