In mid-November and in an international break, it’s natural to take stock of the squad and assess what might be required in the new year when the transfer window is open.
Joe Rodon has proved to be an astute addition at centre-back, but he’s not yet Leeds’ asset to boast having joined on loan from Tottenham for the season.
How much would Rodon cost?
The Athletic’s Phil Hay shared not long after Rodon’s arrival that the initial enquiries from the Whites to the North London club were met with a permanent transfer valuation rather than a loan.
A fee of £15million was laid out by Spurs, before Leeds talked the Premier League outfit down to a loan that was agreed and sees the Welshman star for the Whites this season.
What’s the latest?
Having performed very well for Leeds and Wales this season, talk of a long-term deal in LS11 is worth considering.
However, TEAMtalk are reporting that Spurs are now commanding a fee of £20million to part with the defender in 2024:
“TEAMtalk understands that Tottenham would be open to the possibility of his sale at this time and would be likely to seek a fee of around £20m for his services.
“If Leeds secure promotion, then making Rodon’s stay permanent will be a no-brainer.”
Rodon’s current Tottenham contract is up in 2025, meaning he will be in the final 18 months when January arrives.
Where will Leeds finish in 23/24?
Outside the playoffs
Surely Spurs aren’t going to ask for a higher fee when his contract is winding down as the months go by.
When he’s in the final 18 months of his deal, Rodon is at the point where he knows he’s not really wanted, and Leeds are his lifeline to get back to his best form.
He won’t pen a new deal, so Spurs don’t stand much of a chance in commanding such a huge fee, knowing he’d push to leave.
Time will tell, but it’s an asking price that doesn’t quite fit the player’s wishes and his contract length.