Leeds have been more successful with their transfer efforts elsewhere, closing a deal to bring in striker Rodrigo from Valencia.
Mills says signing Rodrigo may well end Leeds’ pursuit of Kent, arguing the Whites can’t risk spending a large sum of money on a player who hasn’t proven himself at the highest level.
“You’re talking about another wide player who can potentially score goals,” Mills told Sky Sports of Kent.
“It would still be a bit of a bet, he has not yet proven himself in the Premier League.
“So how much money does Leeds have to spend, how much do they want to spend?
“Do they go Rodrigo and then do they want Ryan Kent and then do they want someone else and do they need a center-back.
“Suddenly you go north of 60, 70 million. I’m not sure Leeds wants to go that far.
“They will be picky and picky about who they sign and maybe Rodrigo terminates Ryan Kent’s contract.
“When you come into the Premier League, when you don’t have so many chances, you have to be a little more clinical.
“You need someone who is going to put the ball in the back of the net.
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“With Marcelo Bielsa’s network of scouts and Victor Orta’s Spanish relations, Rodrigo will have been a player of which they will have been very, very aware in terms of his abilities and what he can do and he will certainly add to the quality to what is there. already.
“I think it’s a good decision, it’s a positive decision and I think you have to trust Bielsa and his team when you look at the other acquisitions he has made.
“So far, they’ve all been really, really good.”