Reported Leeds United, Newcastle and Wolves target Jens Cajuste was denied a Premier League move after Midtjylland asked too much for their star midfielder, president Claus Steinlein has told TV3.
The reigning Danish champions are probably quietly satisfied with the way the summer transfer window turned out.
Yes, they lost number one centre-forward Sory Kaba and Nigeria international Frank Onyeka – the latter joining Brentford in a club-record deal – but Midtjylland did succeed in retaining the services of mercurial Brazilian Evander, not to mention an all-action central midfielder who can (almost) match the legendary Lionel Messi when it comes to completed dribbles.
The highly rated Cajuste held talks with Newcastle, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace during the summer and was even the subject of an £11 million bid from Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United (Expressen).
But once the deadline passed on 1 September, Cajuste remained a Midtjylland player – much to the disappointment of this talented box-to-box ball-player.
Club demanded too much for Leeds United target Jens Cajuste
“He is a fantastic player and there were lots of offers for him. But we probably demanded too much,” says Steinlein.
“If you want €10 million you have to say no to €8 million and €9 million, that’s how you negotiate and sometimes it doesn’t end the way you want.
“We are usually good at pricing our players – but this time it was perhaps a little too high.”
Cajuste has only played 27 minutes of football this season, missing both of Midtjylland’s Champions League qualifying clashes with Celtic.
According to Steinlein, however, this wasn’t down to transfer-induced distraction.
“Jens has not been on the field because he came back late from the national team and had a small injury.”