Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa backed to spend £30m on star linked to Chelsea and Arsenal

Leeds United have been told that splashing £30m out on Brentford star Said Benrahma would be an excellent transfer market decision. The Algeria international was in fine form against Fulham in the Carabao Cup on Thursday night. Chelsea and Arsenal have been linked with the forward, as a Premier League transfer awaits.

Leeds are one club Benrahma could join before the transfer window ends.

That is the opinion of former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips, who is surprised that no other club has come in for the Brentford star.

Benrahma was one of the best players in the Championship last season, nearly leading the Bees to the top tier along with forward partners Ollie Watkins and Bryan Mbeumo.

He scored 17 times, as well as assisting 10 as Brentford were defeated in the play-off final to Fulham.

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But it is his mesmeric dribbling that has caught the eye of football fans around the country and his skills were on show on Thursday in the Carabao Cup.

In a match marked for revenge for the play-off final, Brentford beat their London foes 3-0 – including a brace from Benrahma – who has been priced as high as £30m.

His second was a piece of art, nutmegging Michael Hector with a Cruyff turn before burying the ball into the net from 25 yards.

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And Phillips reckons Leeds could be one option for the star, who has attracted attention from some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs in Arsenal and Chelsea.

“It’s a strange one with Benrahma, it’s almost gone really quiet, you’re not seeing him get linked very much,” Phillips told Football Insider.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if that sort of deal there would probably happen last day of the transfer window, one of those that happens late on where someone probably pays a bit over the odds for him.

“Maybe Leeds? They might have a little go.”

As mentioned, some of the Prem’s big boys have been linked but it is Crystal Palace currently winning the race for the forward.

However, after they signed Eberechi Eze and Michy Batshuayi, Benrahma’s chances in the first-team would be lower than another lower-ranked Premier League outfit.

Phillips continued: “I don’t actually know, of course, what club?

“When I look at the Premier League, sides down near the bottom, when you look at the likes of Newcastle, they brought in Fraser on a free from Bournemouth and they’ve still got Ritchie there so they’re covered.

Leeds done deals


Helder Costa (Wolves) £16m

Illan Meslier (Lorient) Undisclosed

Cody Drameh (Fulham) Undisclosed

Charlie Allen (Linfield) Undisclosed

Joe Gelhardt (Wigan) Undisclosed

Jack Harrison (Manchester City) Loan

Sam Greenwood (Arsenal) Undisclosed

Dani Van Den Heuvel (Ajax) Free

Rodrigo (Valencia) £26m

Robin Koch (Freiburg) Undisclosed

Diego Llorente (Real Sociedad) Undisclosed


Ryan Edmondson (Aberdeen) Loan

Kun Temenuzhkov (Real Union) Loan

Jordan Stevens (Swindon) Loan

Alfie McCalmont (Oldham) Loan

Bryce Hosannah (Bradford) Loan

“Villa, I think that area’s covered for them in those wide areas so I just don’t see where.

“Is he good enough for a top-five, top-six Premier League team? I know there was talk of him having a pre-contract with Chelsea but obviously that wasn’t true.

“I don’t see what sort of club he could go to, maybe sort of a Southampton?

“I am surprised there hasn’t been a club that’s put a bid in for him, I’m sure there’s been enquiries but maybe the asking price from Brentford has just put them off.”

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