Leeds United Braced For Second Premier League Raid

Brighton & Hove Albion are set to ramp up their pursuit of Leeds United star Georginio Rutter after seeing a £30 million bid rejected earlier this week, according to Football Insider.

The Seagulls have identified the attacker as one of their primary transfer targets this summer. Rutter was key to Daniel Farke’s team last season, which saw them just miss out on an instant return to the Premier League following a play-off final defeat against Southampton.

Although his goal scoring abilities have been called into question in the past – he scored just seven times in the Championship – he more than made up for it as a provider, pitching in with 15 assists. This saw the former French under-21 international earn a spot in the EFL Team of the Season.

Leeds’ failure to achieve promotion has seen them become fair game for clubs in the top tier. Academy graduate Archie Gray has already made a £40 million move to Tottenham Hotspur, whilst Crysencio Summerville and Wilfried Gnonto are also expected to depart.

Rutter remains key to Farke’s plans next season though, as the Whites look to launch a fresh pursuit on a top two finish. Brighton made their interest known earlier this week with a generous offer, which was instantly rejected. Despite that, Fabian Hürzeler’s team are expected to return with a second bid.

Former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes that it was bold to turn down the amount of money they did but doesn’t think that will detract Brighton. Speaking to Football Insider, the ex-England international said:

I don’t think £30million is a bad price for Rutter. I’m surprised Leeds turned that bid down. They obviously think they can get more for him.

I think he was sporadic during the season. Piroe had a good start to the season too, but neither of them scored the amount of goals you want from a number nine.

I’d be surprised if Rutter didn’t leave. If Brighton are still at the table with that type of money already then that’s only going to be pushed up, but I think it’s a good deal.

If they can get more than £30million for Rutter, some of it can be reinvested in an out-and-out number nine.

Ideally, you wouldn’t want either him or Summerville to go because they were an important part of the squad last season.

£30million for Rutter would not be a bad deal as long as it goes back into the squad.”

Writer’s View

Turning down Brighton’s bid was smart business from Leeds. Obviously, the preference would be to keep the player at Elland Road next season, but the rejection does show that their need to sell isn’t as high as the media has led us all to believe in recent months.

Rutter was brought in on a club record deal of £35.5 million and they won’t want to make a loss on that. The Whites will also know that there will be significant interest in Summerville in the coming weeks and they will not want to sanction the sale of both, which would completely decimate their front line.

Brighton look as if they are not prepared to give up though. This may come down to whether Daniel Farke can convince the player to give him one more season to achieve promotion and earn a place in the Premier League with his current employers.

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