Leeds are ready to offer Marcelo Bielsa a lucrative new deal as a reward for leading them back to the Premier League.
The Argentine’s current deal ends this week, although the Yorkshire club have the option to extend it by a further 12 months.
But now they want to secure his services for at least two more years, and are prepared to offer Bielsa, who turns 65 this week, a new deal worth £8 million a year, as they prepare for life in the top-flight again after an absence of 16 years.
Although they still have two games to go, Leeds will go up as Champions, after their closest rivals, West Bromwich Albion and Brentford both lost, and promotion brings with it a substantial financial windfall for the club to the tune of more than £100 million.
That will enable them to strengthen their squad, but securing the continued services of Bielsa might be their most important deal of all this summer.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.