The deal that isn’t. Charlie Taylor maybe thought he would have the pick of clubs this summer as his Leeds deal ran out but it’s looking more and more likely that he will be choosing from an extremely small number, and clubs that aren’t sure about how much he is actually worth.
It looked as though West Bromwich Albion and Tony Pulis were the side set to win the race for Charlie Taylor but the issue is this. Nobody wants to sign Taylor and go to a tribunal, risking paying a fee that could be up to £7 million. Combine that with the fact that means they must now come to an arrangement with Leeds United who know he’s worth good money and the whole idea of a “free transfer” is up in flames. Chuck into the mix the way Charlie Taylor has treated the club and fans over the last year and you have a player who is leaving, a host of clubs who don’t want to pay much for him and a club sitting back eating popcorn and saying, “off you go then”.
Burnley are now apparently leading the race according to Phil Hay and money isn’t really an object although Sean Dyche and Burnley are clever and careful with their transfer funds. Taylor would probably suit the style of play that Burnley have but the hard-working, grafting and honest culture they have at the club maybe doesn’t. Charlie Taylor has made it quite clear over the last 12 months that he only plays when he wants, and will only ever put in as much effort as he feels with get him through the 90 minutes, which the majority of the time was well off 100%.
The saga continues.