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Leeds United could spend nearly £50m on permanent player deals next month

Championship leaders Leeds United could spend around £50m on four players next month, suppose they are promoted to the Premier League after a 16-year hiatus.

The west Yorkshire outfit are currently at the top of the second tier and they have a healthy seven-point cushion over third-placed Fulham in the race for the automatic promotion places.

With another nine games left, they remain in a good position to return to the top tier and that could see them go on an early spending spree in late July, Football Insider claims.

Leeds are obviously expected to sign Helder Costa permanently as part of the agreement with Wolverhampton Wanderers when they recruited him on a temporary basis last summer.

Aside from the Portuguese, the club have been fancied to activate the buy option in the loan contracts of winger Jack Harrison and goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

The signing of the trio will cost Leeds around £30m. Elsewhere, the club will have to take up the mandatory option to purchase Jean-Kevin Augustin from RB Leipzig, if they are promoted.

The Frenchman’s hamstring injury concerns have restricted him to only 45 minutes of first-team action, but he is likely to feature for the club at some point in the season restart.

A permanent move for the former Paris Saint-Germain graduate will cost £18m. Leeds were in superb form before the coronavirus shutdown and they had won five league games on the trot without conceding.

They will return to league action on Saturday with an away trip to Cardiff City. The reverse meeting was an absolute classic, but the Leeds fans would surely want to forget about the result.

Bielsa’s men were 3-0 up before the hour mark in December last year, but Cardiff made a superb comeback to share the spoils in a 3-3 draw. Two of their goals came in the final 10 minutes of the encounter.

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