Report: Swansea City want £6m for Leeds United target Kyle Bartley

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani looks on before the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Championship underachievers Leeds United are keen to bring former Elland Road favourite Kyle Bartley back from Swansea City.

Kyle Bartley of Leeds United gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported last month that Leeds United were keen to bring Swansea City defender Kyle Bartley back to Elland Road this summer.

Bartley spent the 2016/17 season on loan in West Yorkshire, forming a formidable partnership with Pontus Jansson as Garry Monk’s Leeds finished just outside the play-off places in seventh.

But, until now, it has been uncertain how much Swansea would demand for the former Arsenal youngster, who has never really managed to nail down a first-team place in South Wales.

Kyle Bartley of Swansea City during the pre season friendly match between Barnet and Swansea City at The Hive on July 12, 2017 in Barnet, England.

TEAMtalk, however, have suggested that The Swans would demand around £6 million for Bartley this summer, meaning he would be Leeds’ biggest signing since Robbie Fowler arrived from Liverpool in 2001 for £11 million.

The report adds that it is far from certain that Swansea will let Bartley go, however. They have been relegated from the Premier League and would obviously rather avoid strengthening their Championship rivals.

Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United (L) and Kyle Bartley of Leeds United (R) celebrate after Tim Ream of Fulham (not pictured) scores an own goal  during the Sky Bet Championship match between...

But if Leeds can cobble together the £6 million fee required to reunite Jansson with Bartley, it would be a major step in the right direction while proving to supporters that owner Andrea Radrizzani is indeed willing to invest in the pursuit of success.

It remains to be seen, however, whether such a fee ends up pricing Leeds out.

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