It has been the ruomur and worry of the summer for Leeds United fans has the ‘Jack Clarke interest’ from Tottenham Hotspur. Now, according to Sun reporter Alan Nixon on his personal Twitter feed (below), the end of the saga is in sight.
SPURS. Jack Clarke thing should happen from LEEDS this week. 8.5 plus extras up to around 13. Fair enough …
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) June 23, 2019
Much has been said, many column inches have been devoted to this issue, and there has ben much conjecture as to when and how much. Nixon’s tweet answers both these stances in saying “this week” and “8.5 plus extras up to around 13”.
This is around the ballpark figure thrown out yesterday when The Express said that Leeds United were looking to receive £15m from Spurs for the exciting Clarke – although they did say that the 18-year-old would be loaned back to the Whites for next season.
Clarke came to the attention of Leeds United fans after being used from the bench by Bielsa, his input creating an automatic impact. He featured in 22 Championship games for the Whites last season, games that returned two goals and two assists. His threat and directness, his willingness to run at opponents, marked him out for the talent that he is – obviously raising his profile for sides such as Spurs.
The impact that Jack Clarke made in his breakthrough season is the kind of breakthrough that comes at a price. Leeds United are now likely to be finding out that the price they will have to pay is seeing another highly rated young player move away from Elland Road.
As a fanbase, they cannot say they were not warned, club owner Andrea Radrizzani has already said that the Whites will run a difficult transfer window this summer. Fans interpreted this, at the time, along the lines of a ‘sell-to-buy’ policy as the West Yorkshire club looked to navigate the unsteady waters of the EFL’s FFP regulations. That policy is now looking more likely to be funded, in part, by the sale of Clarke.
One thing is certain, Leeds United fans will not be happy at seeing this sale go through. For them, it will simply be just another case of a highly rated youngster leaving Elland Road and for a price many will argue is simply too low for the talent that they are losing.