Leeds had a host of players leave the club on loan during the summer months, due to clauses inserted by the previous regime – allowing them to join clubs for the 23/24 season with Leeds having virtually no say on the matter.
Bookending that summer window with his exit was Luis Sinisterra, threatening legal action to get his move to the Premier League with Bournemouth.
Bournemouth spend £20m to sign Sinisterra
Sinisterra’s permanent exit from Leeds was a foregone conclusion from the moment it came to light that he was willing to go to the lengths of legal action to force a move to the Cherries.
So, it wasn’t a shock when he was confirmed as Bournemouth’s permanent signing on Friday, with the South Coast outfit pushing forward their option to buy at £20million:
In the process, Leeds have recouped the fee that they paid to sign the speedy winger from Feyenoord back in the summer of 2022 when Jesse Marsch was at the club.
Where will Leeds finish in 23/24?
Outside the playoffs
Farke comments on significant windfall Leeds received for Sinisterra
Daniel Farke was asked about this during his pre-match press conference on Friday, to which he was clearly relieved that an agreement was reached to see Sinisterra cast off from the club permanently.
When discussing the sale and what it means for Leeds’ reinvestment of the £20million in the summer months, he said (via the YEP):
“I think overall it’s a good decision, beneficial for our future. Many compliments for our main people involved in negotiations. We wanted to have the perfect result for us and think we did. I never made a secret I really rate Luis from his football point of view, good player, good person, wish him all the best.
“He also made it clear in the summer he wanted this move. You have to accept there are good players playing for other clubs. We wish him really all the best, no hard feelings at all, fingers crossed for his future.
“For us as a club it’s the right decision, it frees up some money to do some business we want to do in the summer. I’m always a bit careful when a player wanted to go away, to bring him back. It’s like when you put the food in the microwave, it never tastes like when it’s freshly cooked.”
Sinisterra sale sets Leeds up nicely in the summer
Should Leeds not be promoted this season, pressure is on the club to try to retain star players – but Sinisterra’s exit gives us more room to play around with.
If we’re promoted, it just means we’re in a much better position to spend on enhancing the squad for the Premier League.
It was a key issue for Leeds when we were last promoted that the squad couldn’t be revamped, and now we’re in a position that means we surely can.