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2 things to weigh up as Leeds United slap £35million price tag on first-team ace

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Leeds United have placed a £35million valuation on winger Jack Harrison, a report from The Daily Mail has claimed.

Harrison has been the subject of much speculation in recent times, and as we enter the final week of the January transfer window, that shows no signs of changing.

According to this update, Premier League duo Leicester and Newcastle are both keen on the 26-year-old, as they look to strengthen this month.

In response to that, Leeds are said to be demanding a fee of £35million for Harrison, who is into the final 18 months of his contract at Elland Road.

So with that in mind, we’ve taken a look at two things that need to be weighed up as Leeds set that valuation for Harrison, right here.

Harrison’s response

It is likely that Harrison is going to be aware of what Leeds value him at, and he will no doubt have an opinion of his own on that, which will likely be connected to how he feels about a potential move away.

There is a chance that this price could put off those clubs from making a move for the winger, which may not go down well with Harrison, should he himself be keen on a move to one of those clubs.

Should that be the case, it could create a welcome distraction behind the scenes, although on the flip side, if Harrison is happy at Elland Road, the fact they value him so highly, could be a welcome confidence boost for the 26-year-old, that brings more out of him on the pitch.

The impact on a search for a potential replacement

If Harrison is to be sold for that sort of fee this month, it is likely that Leeds will have to source a replacement for the winger, given his influence on the side.

The funds they would have available if they were to sell him for a £35million, could also change the parameters in which they are searching for signings, and could help them to strengthen even more than would otherwise be the case.

However, it would also mean that clubs know Leeds have money to spend, and may therefore demand more than the Elland Road club want to pay, making it tricky to negotiate a signing in what little time there is remaining in the window, and putting the club at risk of leaving themselves short on options.

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UCLan Sports Journalism graduate. Have been working for Leeds All Over since summer 2020, and can only be found writing on Football League World.