Leeds have not been known as big spenders in recent times, neither with transfer fees or with player wages, but the tides appear to be changing under the stewardship of Italian business man Andrea Radrizzani and Head Coach Marcelo Bielsa.
In the years that followed the clubs relegation from the Premier League, Leeds United have been in the market for all kinds of loans and free transfers, often losing out to other clubs that could offer more to any suitable players, but Radrizzani is making changes in both the image of the club and how they function in a bid to make Leeds United once again challengers in English football.
Leeds have already paid upwards of £15m in transfer fees in the last eighteen months, with a further fifteen million promised to Wolves next summer when they make the loan signing of Helder Costa a permanent one, so the tides are indeed changing.
When you add to this the clubs increase in wages allowance, paying both Kiko Casilla and Patrick Bamford £40.000 per week, it is an indication of the intend from the owner… but he needs to keep his entire squad in line.
One player who Bielsa and the fans are desperate to tie down to a longer deal is Kalvin Phillips, a Leeds-born player and life-long Leeds United fan who is pulling up trees under Marcelo Bielsa and his coaching team and has been the subject of many serious transfer offers this summer, offers that the club turned down.
Football Insider are this evening reporting that a deal for the midfield anchorman is imminent, along with an announcement.
The report suggests that the new deal would bring Phillips in line with top earners Bamford and Casilla and would be a four or five year agreement that would be worth up to £10 million. Again, a huge outlay for a club that see their immediate future in the higher echelons of English football.
This would be humongous in the keeping momentum that the club and the squad have built up over the last eighteen months and could be the catalyst for an even harder promotion push this time around.