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Virgil van Dijk's £75m deal could have knock-on impact for Leeds United's transfer chase

Nana Asare of Utrecht and Virgil van Dijk of Groningen battle for the ball during the Eredivisie match between FC Utrecht and FC Groningen on March 18, 2012 in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Leeds are being linked with a move for Groningen attacker Mimoun Mahi for the winter.

Morocco's Mahi Mimoun (red) vies for the ball with Mali's Molla Wague (yellow) during the World Cup 2018 Africa qualifying football match between Morocco and Mali at the Complexe Sportif...Morocco's Mahi Mimoun (red) vies for the ball with Mali's Molla Wague (yellow)

Leeds United have been linked with a move for Groningen star Mimoun Mahi for the winter window.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claims that the Morocco international is on Leeds' radar ahead of the January transfer window opening.

The Sun previously reported that Mahi had a £2m release clause and that Bristol City, Stoke City and Swansea City - along with Nottingham Forest - were showing interest.

If Leeds are keen the £2 million fee seems to be fair for the player and Groningen have been struggling financially, as are many teams in the Dutch top-flight. A recent report from Dagblad Van Het Norden explained their struggles financially.

However, a recent record-breaking deal in the Premier League brings great news for Groningen and not such good news for Leeds if they want to pursue Mahi in the New Year.

New Liverpool signing Virgil van Dijk attends the Premier League match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield on December 30, 2017 in Liverpool, England.New Liverpool signing Virgil van Dijk attends the Premier League match between Liverpool and Leicester City

Virgil van Dijk recently completed a world record move for a defender to Liverpool from Southampton. The move was worth a fee reported by the BBC to be in the region of £75 million.

That deal is music to the ears of Groningen, who will take a cut of the final fee. Van Dijk played for Groningen before joining Celtic in 2013. When he made a move to Southampton in 2015, the Dutch side pocketed 10 per cent of the deal. Hans Njland, the sporting director at the Noordlease Stadion, has told FOX Sports this week he is hopeful of taking 10 per cent of Celtic’s cut of the most recent deal, around £750,000.

He stated:

"I assume that they receive 10 percent of the so-called 'extra yield'. We receive 10 percent of that again. I do not praise the day before the evening, but I'm cautious about a financial windfall."

Such a fee may not seem like a lot to Premier League watchers, but that sort of cash is invaluable to a team like Groningen.

Nana Asare of Utrecht and Virgil van Dijk of Groningen battle for the ball during the Eredivisie match between FC Utrecht and FC Groningen on March 18, 2012 in Utrecht, Netherlands.Nana Asare of Utrecht and Virgil van Dijk of Groningen

Such a fee could keep them going until the end of the season and negate the need to sell Mahi to anyone, including Leeds United.

That said Leeds should not be put off. Mahi is looking to escape the club and Groningen will eventually find themselves in a position where they have to sell.

But Van Dijk’s move certainly could have a knock-on impact for Leeds in their pursuit of the seven-goal Moroccan star.

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