Leeds United won't lose sleep over transfer resale profit for Aaronson, Wober and others

-Credit: (Image: Luciano Lima/Getty Images)
-Credit: (Image: Luciano Lima/Getty Images)


Resale profit on Leeds United’s outgoing transfers will not be a topic that keeps Paraag Marathe awake at night this summer. Profit and sustainability rules mean clubs have to be mindful of selling their players at a substantially cheaper price than the one they paid for them.

After last year’s relegation, loan clauses took a lot of transactions out of United’s hands, but one of the benefits of those deals was the swift removal of big wages from the books without recording big losses on transfer fees. It is unlikely United would have got near the prices they paid for Brenden Aaronson, Diego Llorente, Rasmus Kristensen or Max Wober had they sold them last summer.

As those players, and more, return from loan spells that same issue around losses on fees paid will rear its head again. However, Marathe expects United to be fine whether their summer sales generate profit or not.

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“I'm not willing to concede there will, or will not be, a profit on certain players,” he said. “We came into this [with our] eyes wide open on what we were inheriting and it’s true we inherited a credit card bill, we took it over.”

Whether Daniel Farke’s unwanted players are sold or loaned out in this coming transfer window, the chairman is confident United have the investment and commitment they need to be one of the best teams in the Championship next season. More than a hope, it is an expectation.

“We were ready,” he said. “That's why we have the investment we have and the commitment we have. Whether somebody yields a profit or not, we're going to be fine and we're going to be able to do what we need to do, to compete to be one of the best teams on the pitch this coming season.

“That is not just my hope, but my expectation.”