Leeds United expected to announce Darko Gyabi signing from Manchester City on Monday
Leeds United summer signing Darko Gyabi should be officially announced at the club imminently, according to Graham Smyth.
The 18-year-old became the Whites’ fourth buy of the transfer window from Manchester City, coming in on a four-year contract at the same time as the Kalvin Phillips deal going the other way was agreed.
Although the former Whites star is also yet to be announced at the Etihad the two deals were supposed to be entirely separate, meaning there was no need to hold off at Thorp Arch since Gyabi’s medical has been completed.
But Smyth expects the £5million deal to be entirely wrapped up on Monday (4 July) and doesn’t believe there are any issues.
In response to a question about the delay in his Yorkshire Evening Post Q&A he wrote: “Finalising paperwork, at a guess, or simply following the convention of announcing on a Monday rather than on a weekend, he had his medical and passed it.
“Everything is agreed and Darko Gyabi will become a Leeds United player. Likely to be Monday at this rate.”
Gabi is in the unenviable position of being tied to the £45million Phillips exit in everybody’s minds, even though his transfer wasn’t strictly part of a swap.
As they are both midfielders and went opposite directions at the same time it seems like the English champions have dropped him in to sweeten the deal for the Yorkshire Pirlo, which was monetarily light in many people’s eyes.
That is a lot of pressure to put on a teenager’s shoulders when he is nothing to do personally with the star man leaving.
He isn’t even necessarily United’s first choice of City youngster as they were thought to be very high on Romeo Lavia who has since gone to Southampton.
He is likely set for the under-23s and is one for the future, but while the transfer fee is not major he arrives with similar pressure to those that do have huge price tags.
If he develops into a first-team calibre player than it will be all the more achievement in the circumstances, and the hope will have to be that he is motivated to prove any doubters wrong.
In the mean time Jesse Marsch needs ready-made replacements now to fill the gap left by the departing fan-favourite.