Hadi Sacko confirms Leeds United can buy him for much less than his massive £51m release clause

Hadi Sacko of Leeds United in action with Jack Payne of Huddersfield Town

The French winger has been in good form for Leeds this season.

Leeds United’s on-loan winger Hadi Sacko has confirmed that a purchase option has been agreed between his parent club Sporting Lisbon and the Championship side – should they decide to bring him to Elland Road permanently in the coming months.

He also confirmed that the fee would not be anywhere near his whopping release clause of £51 million that he has in his current Sporting contract.

Hadi Sacko of Leeds United in action with Jack Payne of Huddersfield TownHadi Sacko of Leeds United in action with Jack Payne of Huddersfield Town

Speaking to Sud Ouest he spoke of his hopes at Leeds, and the potential for a permanent transfer:

“The goal is above all to bring back Leeds where he was before in the Premier League. We know that the season is very long. We are trying to keep going at the same pace. Everything goes pretty well, we can still reach the play-offs and hope to go up. I would be happy to reach the Premier League with this club.

“This is true, but the two clubs have agreed on a purchase option that is acceptable, much lower than the release clause set at my arrival at Sporting (56.6 million pounds!). If Leeds decides to buy me, it will not cost so much.”

Leeds' Hadi Sacko in action with Aston Villa's Mark BunnLeeds' Hadi Sacko in action with Aston Villa's Mark Bunn

The winger has certainly become an integral part of the Leeds team. The Frenchman is undoubtedly a raw talent, but his pace and power make him a potent threat in the Championship.

There is still plenty of work to be done. He is still erratic in the final third and his end product is often wasteful. So, in that respect Leeds are probably hopeful to see a little more consistency from the wide man if they are to consider exercising their right to buy him in the summer.

But, on the evidence so far, Leeds would surely take the gamble.

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