Harrison’s future at Elland Road has been a talking point for some time. Reports from the Daily Mail at the end of last season suggested that Newcastle and Tottenham were eyeing a move for the winger.
Leeds would ultimately manage to keep the 26-year-old. However, they were unable to hold onto Raphinha, with the Brazilian joining Barcelona.
Arsenal looked at Jack Harrison in the summer
But his move to Camp Nou only came about after it seemed that he may be destined for Arsenal. As noted by the Daily Mail, the Gunners held talks with Leeds about Raphinha before his switch.
However, it was not only Raphinha Arsenal looked at. Jacobs has suggested that they also registered an interest in Harrison. The journalist did note that he is not sure that Mikel Arteta still wants the Englishman.
“Jack Harrison is another long-standing target. With Harrison, I think it’s a slightly different situation now compared to the summer. Arsenal were not the only club that considered a move for Harrison, although they didn’t move in any sort of significant way necessarily,” he told Give Me Sport.
“They certainly made enquiries, as did Newcastle United. I think that now on the Harrison front, it’s perhaps a level of clubs slightly below where Arsenal are, that are looking at the player.”
Leeds will be hoping to keep winger for as long as possible, despite difficult season
It has been a frustrating season for Harrison. Initially, it appeared that Leeds had done amazingly to keep him as he began the campaign with one goal and three assists in his first three Premier League games.
But there has been a long drought since then. He has not scored again in the top-flight. And his pass for Rodrigo in the recent 2-2 draw with West Ham has been his only subsequent assist.
Harrison lost his place at one stage. But it does appear that he is starting to find some form again and look like the player Kalvin Phillips labelled ‘unbelievable‘.
Arsenal no longer wanting him would not be entirely surprising. The Gunners have since elevated themselves into the Premier League title picture.
If that keeps the Gunners away from making a move for Harrison, here’s hoping Arsenal go on and lift the trophy.