In a sensational report, the Sun claimed, “LEEDS are ready to hand Liverpool £35m! No, not for nothing. Having missed out on promotion to the Premier League, they will splash the cash on Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent to make sure they get back to the big time.”
One Leeds fan asked Phil Hay what he made of the claim and the Yorkshire Evening Post journalist responded with just one word: “Er…”
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) June 11, 2019
This is a great example of a normally credible national newspaper just getting it all horribly wrong. Football Insider reported that Leeds were interested in the Liverpool pair, but this would be for loan moves – after owner Andrea Radrizzani made it clear that he wouldn’t be spending much in the transfer market this season. The Kent loan move was also reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post. However, inside the Football Insider report, values of £25million for Wilson and £10-12million for Kent were listed for permanent deals. It also claimed that clubs wanting to take the pair on loan would have to pay loan fees and wages. However, these would be nowhere near the money it would take to buy the pair on permanent deals. It seems like the Sun has taken the information, added two and two and made £35million – an amount that is patently ridiculous for Leeds this summer. It shows that silly season is well and truly alive and it shows that if something smells too good to be true, it probably is.