Leeds United suffer heartache in striker hunt – contract details from Turkey
If a story by Turkish media site Fanatik is to be believed, Leeds United’s hunt for Abel Hernandez is about to end in tears for Whites fans.
Leeds United fans had been wanting the 27 Sky Bet Championship goals of the 2016/17 Chris Wood replacing since his move to Premier League Burnley early into last season. It was those goals that largely drove the Whites into the play-offs and only marginally missing out as the season ended.
When the name of Abel Hernandez was put forward as a target being chased by Leeds United there was much celebration from Whites fans. The celebrations were that they were getting a bona fide striker capable of hitting the goals that would sustain a tilt at promotion and an escape from the Sky Bet Championship.
İngiltere’de Hull City ile olan sözleşmesi sona eren Abel Hernandez için Galatasaray düğmeye bastı. Sarı-Kırmızılılar, Uruguaylı forvet için yıllık 2 milyon Euro’dan (10.5 milyon TL) 3 senelik kontrat önermeye hazırlanıyor. pic.twitter.com/ktf3MPw1uv
— Fanatik #EvdeKal (@fanatikcomtr) June 9, 2018
Now it seems time for hearts to be broken for Leeds United fans with Fanatik saying that not only is Hernandez bound for Turkey but also for a side detested by Leeds’ fans – Galatasaray.
Fanatik say in their article that the Turkish side “took Abel Hernandez out of Hull City,” with them also elaborating on the contract details of the deal. They say that Galatasaray, who will play in the Champions League, will be offering a three-year contract to the 29-cap Uruguayan with a salary of €2 million (£1.75 million) per year.
Broken down, that wage is equivalent to around £33,600-per-week – an amount well above what the current top earner at Elland Road is on. Leeds United were said to be putting together a structured deal that would see Hernandez break the current wage ceiling at Elland Road and then some.
However, should Fanatik be correct, whilst Leeds may well be able to match Galatasaray on the wages front, the whole footballing package that the Whites put forward will pale against elements such as Champions League football put forward the Turkish club.