Leeds United Star ‘Considering’ Summer Exit

Leeds United‘s teenage sensation Archie Gray is considering a move to German giants Borussia Dortmund this summer, according to BILD.

The 18-year-old has just enjoyed his breakthrough season at the Whites. He made his debut in the opening day draw with Cardiff City and became an ever-present in Daniel Farke’s team. The versatile youngster, who is capable of playing in midfield and at right-back, went on to make 52 appearances in all competitions, bagging his first goal for the club in a win over Leicester City in February.

His early-season form saw Leeds tie their latest prized asset down to a new long-term deal in January, which is set to run until 2028. However, this has not put off potential suitors and a raft of Premier League clubs are said to be interested in his services.

The likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been linked over the past few months, as well as Bundesliga duo Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Reports emerged last month that Bayern were considering launching a bid this summer.

Dortmund are hoping they can steal a march in the race though, with German media claiming that Gray is considering making the move to the Champions League finalists to take the next step in his career.

The report states that the number of clubs in the hunt could hinder BVB’s pursuit, although they are hoping that their development of Jude Bellingham and Jadon Sancho in recent years could be enough to persuade the youngster to opt for them over other options.

There are expected to be several outgoings at Elland Road this summer as the club look to raise funds following their failure to secure promotion to the Premier League. Both Crysencio Summerville and Wilfried Gnonto are tipped to leave, but Gray is one player that the club hope will remain.

BILD believe that a fee of between £20-30 million would be enough to convince Leeds into allowing the England under-21 international to depart.

Writer’s View

With key stars such as Summerville and Gnonto looking as if they have played their last game for the club, it would surely take a huge offer to convince Leeds into selling Gray. Although the report claims that the teenager is considering an exit, the likelihood is that he would be willing to remain in Yorkshire for at least another season.

The midfielder will be well advised by his family, many of whom have also represented Leeds. He knows he will be one of the first names on the team sheet next season and that time is on his side when it comes to securing a big move. Interest is unlikely to disperse over the course of the next year, meaning he could potentially pick his next destination in a year’s time.

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