leeds united, Update emerges on Archie Gray’s Leeds United fate as big sales await

Update emerges on Archie Gray’s Leeds United fate as big sales await

Leeds United midfielder Archie Gray is not expected to look for a move away from Elland Road but a big offer could force the club into a deal, Leeds Live has said.

Leeds United fell just short in their promotion fight and will be playing Championship football next season.

The Whites were pipped to a top two spot by Leicester City and Ipswich Town before an Adam Armstrong goal saw them beaten by Southampton in the play-off final last weekend.

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As a result, attention has quickly turned to the potential departures from Elland Road amid a need to raise funds. The Yorkshire giants owe outstanding fees on previous transfer instalments and must sell players to pay them.

Speculation has swiftly circulated with the future of Archie Gray brought into question.

He is undoubtedly the most valuable asset at Leeds United and Leeds Live now states that while Gray is not expected to look for a move away from his boyhood club, a big offer from one of his high-profile admirers could force the club’s hand and prove difficult for the youngster to turn down.

Links with top teams have been frequent with Bayern Munich interest cropping up most recently.

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A tough situation

The position Leeds United find themselves in this summer means they have no choice but to sell.

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The club have some star assets who could be sold for big fees but Gray is perhaps the most valuable of the lot. He’s destined for a future at the top of the game and under a long-term contract, so would cost a pretty penny.

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If top clubs queue up, cashing in on him would take a big chunk out of the money the Whites need to recoup.

It’s a tough situation though. Gray, playing regularly for his boyhood club at 18, will be more than happy at Elland Road and would likely stay in an ideal world. Leeds United would definitely prefer to keep him too as they look to nurture one of their own.

However, as they look to raise funds, it could be that both parties reluctantly have to accept a deal.

Maintaining a strong group

Although sales are needed, Daniel Farke and co will have to find a balance to ensure they still maintain a squad good enough to challenge for promotion next season.

That will include finding suitable replacements for those who move on while trying to limit the number of outgoings.

Those who depart will ideally move on sooner rather than later to allow for plenty of time for the new players to settle and adjust to life at Leeds United. However, with clubs often taking patient approaches to their transfer business, the Whites might not have that luxury this season.

Time will tell just who moves on this summer, with rumours over Gray’s fate sure to continue over the coming weeks and months.

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