Journalist reveals Leeds were €3m away from cheaper Rodrigo alternative

Arthur Cabral Basel

Leeds missed out on the signing of Arthur Cabral this summer because they were not prepared to meet his release clause, a report has revealed.

Arthur was one of several strikers to be linked with Leeds over the summer after an impressive season at Basel. He scored 18 goals from 39 games in Switzerland.

Leeds were looking for attacking reinforcements after their return to the Premier League. Eventually, they made a club-record signing of Rodrigo Moreno from Valencia.

However, Arthur had been another option for the Whites – and reports in his native Brazil have revealed how far away their offer was from Basel’s asking price.

According to Yahoo‘s Jorge Nicola (via Sport Witness), Leeds made an offer worth €15m plus €2m in add-ons for the striker. However, Basel insisted he would only leave if a club met his €20m release clause.

That was a fee Leeds were unwilling to pay for the player, so they turned their focus to Rodrigo instead. While the Valencia striker cost more, Leeds viewed him as a better value-for-money option.

Arthur could still be on the move, though. Nicola claims his agent is in Europe, looking for a new club.

However, Basel’s €20m demands are still proving inhibitive. Hence, Arthur may enter a second season with Basel – where he is under contract until 2023.


Rodrigo unfazed by price tag

Rodrigo Moreno

Ultimately, Leeds broke their long-standing transfer record on a striker with more experience, Rodrigo.

They paid €30m up front to sign him, and could send another €10m in add-ons to Valencia.

However, Rodrigo is not feeling the pressure of costing so much.

He said last week: “Of course it’s not extra pressure, it’s something natural, something that is part of my professional life.

“I just want to work hard, feel comfortable and show my football and have a great performance.”


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