Leeds United have said two things this window.
Firstly, that it’s going to be a quiet month in terms of transfers. So far they’ve lived up to their word.
Secondly, that they would bring players in if a significant opportunity presented itself.
That opportunity has just appeared.
Leeds were linked strongly with a move for Gray in the summer window, after a failed attempt to land Michael Cuisance.
Sky Sports journalist Rob Dorsett said that Leeds would likely be back in for him as a free agent in the summer.
#lcfc Demarai Gray open to possibility of moving abroad for more football, with Marseille and other European clubs considering a move. Prem interest muted in this window though #lufc and #SaintsFC were keen in the past, and likely to be again in the summer when he’s a free agent.
— Rob Dorsett (@RobDorsettSky) January 6, 2021
However, Sport1 has reported that with his contract expiring in the summer, Leicester would be open to selling him for just £1.8m (€2m) in January. That’s from a valuation of £10.6m (€12m) last summer.
Leeds fans might not be overwhelmed at the prospect of signing Gray, who has only played 18 minutes of Premier League football this season.
But, the former England Under-21 international seems like exactly the sort of player who could discover his true potential under Marcelo Bielsa.
And Gray would surely jump at the chance of getting his career back on track with one of the best managers in the game.
Brendan Rogers has talked highly of him and his attitude sounds spot on despite his problems.
Rogers said recently: “His attitude to training has been first class, he has been very professional, but he is at the stage of his career where he has been here a long time and hasn’t maybe nailed down a place. A fresh start may be the course for him.
“Until his last day here, I will always respect him, there will always be an opportunity for him, and I will never discard him but it’s looking more than likely he will probably be somewhere else next season.”
For a fee of just £1.8m and considering that Leeds aren’t blessed with an abundance of right-footed attackers, we think this could be one of the signings of the window.
Surely it’s too big an opportunity to pass by?
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