Rebuild is the theme of the transfer window ahead of the 2022-23 season. We are witnessing massive changes in the squads of various teams across Europe. One such team happens to be our beloved Leeds United. Their movement in the transfer window may not have made headlines apart from the departures of star players, Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha. However, what you may not know is that they are amongst Europe’s top spenders in this transfer window as they rebuild under the new manager, Jesse Marsch.
Let’s take a look at some of Leeds’ activity ahead of the 2022-23 Premier League season.
Leeds United have been on the front page of the sports section for the departure of their high-profile players. Kalvin Phillips left Elland Road for Manchester City in a £45 million move. He replaces the departing Fernandinho at the Etihad Stadium. Brazilian winger Raphinha was one of the most talked-about players in this transfer window, linked with clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea. However, in a surprise move, we saw the 25-year-old move to the Spotify Camp Nou stadium for a whopping fee of £60 million.
Leeds United had a reported transfer budget of just £75 million back in May. However, the income from these two sales added a little over £100 million to their budget, enabling them to spend freely with funds to save.
Leeds United are amongst Europe’s top spenders, having splashed nearly £100 million and have signed five players in their rebuilding process. New gaffer Jesse Marsch brought in two of the players he coached at his previous teams.
From his RB Salzburg days, Marsch knew right-back Rasmus Kristensen, having signed him from Ajax back in the day. Leeds signed the 24-year-old for approx. £10 million from Salzburg.
From his RB Leipzig days, Marsch knew midfielder Tyler Adams. Leeds signed the 23-year-old from the Bundesliga club for a reported fee of £19.6 million. Adams is signed to replace the departed Kalvin Phillips in the central midfield.
Brenden Aaronson was signed from RB Salzburg for a reported fee of £22.2 million. The 21-year-old from the USA has been attracting attention for quite some time. Leeds are looking to strengthen their midfield by adding the attacking midfielder to their squad. Luis Sinisterra was signed from Feyenoord to replace the departed Raphinha in the wings. The Colombian winger was signed for a reported fee of £21.4 million as opposed to the £60 million they received from Barcelona for the Brazilian.
Dubbed as a bargain move by the Yorkshire club, Leeds signed Marc Roca for a reported fee of £10 million from Bayern Munich. The 25-year-old central midfielder seems to be a promising talent who lacked game time in Germany. Perhaps a move to Elland Road will benefit both the Spaniard and the club.
Leeds United Ahead Of The Season
Leeds barely escaped relegation earlier this year after a tough 2021/22 season. However, with Jessa Marsch at the wheel, things look bright for the Whites as the new recruits are young and promising prospects. Leeds still have roughly £75 million left to spend and the transfer window is still open for the entire month of August. Safe to say, we can expect more signings before 1st September as Leeds aim for a strong Premier League season.
Leeds host Wolverhampton Wanderers in the season opener of the Premier League. Everyone is excited to see their new signings make their debuts at Elland Road and see how good these signings are.
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