Leeds United may have to pay up to £15m for Huddersfield Town star Lewis O’Brien this summer.
Truths: O’Brien Links
Los Blancos have had O’Brien on their radar for some time now and are still keen on the central midfielder ahead of Jesse Marsch’s first full season as head coach.
The 23-year-old, described as an “exceptional” player by manager Carlos Corberan, had playoff heartbreak with the Terriers last weekend but could still ply his trade in the Premier League next season.
Leeds are believed to be one of five top-flight clubs looking for a move for the midfielder, however, recent reports suggesting a £12million release clause could be way off the mark.
The latest: £15m?
MOT Leeds News relayed an update regarding O’Brien from Friday’s print edition of The Huddersfield Examiner.
They cited a figure of £15m for the midfielder last summer and said his stock had risen over the past 12 months, and with no mention of a release clause in the report , £15m could be the minimum Leeds could have to pay. this time.
The verdict: midfielder needed
Leeds need to strengthen their central midfield this summer after agreeing a move for RB Salzburg right-back Rasmus Kristensen, although Kalvin Phillips remains at the club.
New signing Brenden Aaronson is expected to be used as an inverted winger, so O’Brien could be a perfect partner for Phillips in a 4-4-2 or 4-2-2-2 system.
Marsch has limited options in the middle of the park and only one midfielder in Phillips, so O’Brien, who is extremely versatile after playing in seven positions last season, could be a wise signing, despite a potential fee increase.
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