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Archie Gray has already given Leeds United future verdict amid Spurs and Chelsea transfer news — YEP 30/6/24

By Lee Sobot Leeds have rejected a bid for Archie Gray from Brentford - but Tottenham and Chelsea remain interested too. Archie Gray has already given his Leeds United future verdict amid huge Chelsea, Tottenham and Brentford transfer news. Gray’s breakthrough campaign at Leeds came in the club’s first season back in the Championship after relegation from the Premier League and the bid for an immediate top-flight return ended with a heart-breaking defeat to Southampton in the play-off final. Gray was left in tears by the Wembley reverse and the 18-year-old is now the subject of transfer interest from Tottenham, Chelsea and Brentford, the latter of whom have seen a bid rejected by Leeds believed to be amounting to £40m. Chelsea and Tottenham remain interested in the England youth international who has already declared just what it would mean to represent his hometown club in the top tier of English football. "It would mean a lot to me because that is the goal that every

Sources: Daniel Farke “considering” Leeds United position amid Archie Gray twists — Leeds All Over 30/6/24

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Kris Smith Leeds United manager Daniel Farke is believed to be very upset at the board’s decision to potentially sell Archie Gray, amid reports of a rejected £40million bid from Brentford. The Whites’ summer window is yet to get up and running with an arrival, one month on from the heartbreak of the Championship playoff final defeat to Southampton. A grim reality that is setting in following that Wembley blow is the need to comply with PSR in the EFL, which in turn might mean the sale of Archie Gray to bridge that gap. Saturday brought huge news in Gray’s future, as reports emerged that a medical with Premier League Brentford was due to get underway as the two clubs seemed to reach an agreement on the fee. A fee in the region of £40million was what Leeds were in line for, plus performance-related add-ons on top. What was stressed is the possibility of a hijack from other clubs, shared by multiple outlets, namely from Tottenham in particular as well as Aston Villa, Chelsea,

Leeds United reject Brentford's £40m offer for Archie Gray as Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur remain interested — YEP 30/6/24

By Graham Smyth Leeds United have officially rejected Brentford's offer for Archie Gray. The teenager travelled for a medical on Saturday night as a £40m deal became imminent, but the two clubs were still in talks over the payment schedule. But the YEP can reveal that on Sunday morning Leeds rejected the offer from Brentford. Gray has been a target for the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur this summer and the Premier League sides remain interested in the 18-year-old. Leeds are in a position where they need to sell an asset this summer in order to stay on the right side of Profitability and Sustainability regulations. Crysencio Summerville is another of Daniel Farke's key players who has been attracting top flight attention both domestically and abroad but as yet Leeds are yet to be tested by an offer. Speaking to the YEP earlier this year, club chairman Paraag Marathe was unable to rule out Gray leaving Elland Road as Leeds battled to stay within Profit and Sustain

Archie Gray's Leeds United exit set to make history amid new football transfer record — YEP 30/6/24

By Will Jackson Archie Gray is set to have a medical at Brentford ahead of a proposed move to west London Archie Gray would become the most expensive English teenager of all time should he complete the move to Brentford this summer. The 18-year-old is due to have a medical in west London after agreeing personal terms with the Premier League club. A deal between the two sides has not been finalised but it is understood to be worth £40m plus the possibility of add ons, with the pair still negotiating a payment schedule. Of course, there is still a possibility that Gray moves elsewhere, with Tottenham and Chelsea understood to have been in talks. However, seldom has a player so young attracted such a fee. In fact, just five teenagers have been sold for more money in world football, with Gray set to become the sixth most expensive player under the age of 20 in history. Of course, Kylian Mbappe holds the title of being football's most expensive teenager after making the move f

Archie Gray set for Brentford medical as £40m Leeds United exit imminent — YEP 29/6/24

By Will Jackson Brentford are in pole position to sign Leeds United’s Archie Gray after agreeing personal terms Leeds United youngster Archie Gray is close to sealing a move to Premier League side Brentford. Reports emerged earlier today of the Bees' interest and as reported by the Athletic, Gray has now agreed personal terms to join Thomas Frank's side. As such, the midfielder is ready to undergo a medical in the capital, with a deal with Leeds being the last hurdle Brentford must clear to bag Gray. It is understood that a fee of £40 million plus potential add-ons has been agreed upon, but the two clubs are yet to officially shake hands, with a payment schedule still being discussed. That means the door remains open for other clubs to make an approach for Gray and the news of Brentford's progress might just force those who have been linked for much of the summer to enter the frame. Chelsea and Tottenham are understood to have been in talks with the Whites, while th

Leeds United’s Archie Gray set for Brentford medical after agreeing personal terms over transfer — The Athletic 29/6/24

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By David Ornstein Archie Gray is set to undergo a medical at Brentford after agreeing personal terms to join the west London club from Leeds United. ⁠ A host of Premier League and other European teams have been pursuing the 18-year-old midfielder, however Brentford manoeuvred themselves into the strongest position and are now working to close out a deal. If all goes according to plan on the player’s side, Brentford can be expected to reach an agreement with Leeds for a fee in the region of £35million. ⁠ Interest remains from elsewhere and Leeds are also not resigned to losing such a highly-rated talent, although their financial position may leave them with no choice but to reluctantly sanction his exit. The England Under-21 international enjoyed a breakthrough campaign with Leeds last term — making 28 appearances in all competitions — and was a regular, in both midfield and at right-back, as Daniel Farke’s side reached the play-off final. He is under contract at Elland Road

Graham Smyth weighs in on latest Archie Gray reports as Brentford linked with Leeds United man — YEP 29/6/24

By Will Jackson Recent reports have seen Brentford linked with interest in Leeds United’s Archie Gray Premier League side Brentford have now entered the race to sign Leeds United’s Archie Gray, with the club making an enquiry today, according the Yorkshire Evening Post's Graham Smyth. Gray has been linked to a raft of top flight teams this summer with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund said to be monitoring the teenager's situation with great interest. However, recent reports have seen Brentford named as a potential suitor for Gray, with the suggestion being that the Bees are one of the many clubs eyeing up an approach. It's a move that would see him given the chance to test himself in the Premier League for the first time in his career with game time more likely than at any of the more elite clubs, it’s fair to say. It's not one that appears imminent, with the YEP’s chief football writer confirming that nothing i

Leeds United 'agreement in place' as £5m midfielder set for Elland Road loan exit — YEP 29/6/24

By Will Jackson Leeds United look set to let another youngster leave the club on loan Darko Gyabi is reportedly on the verge of leaving Leeds United to link up with Plymouth Argyle once more. The midfielder spent two and a half months with the Pilgrims last season and according to Football Insider, the south coast side have agreed a deal to take him back to Home Park on a season long loan. The midfielder is desperate for minutes as he continues to progress and develop in the senior game and with an agreement said to be in place, Leeds will be hoping the loan will allow him to take the next step in his career. Gyabi will be keen to impress, too, after seeing his initial loan with Plymouth cut short through injury. The 20-year-old joined the Devon outfit last January and made 10 appearances for the club under Ian Foster, who could be heard singing the youngster's praises on several occasions. However, Gyabi was forced to return to Elland Road at the end of March with a groin

Leeds United defender previously linked with Millwall and Middlesbrough 'closing in' on £3.8m exit — Yorkshire Post 29/6/24

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By Tom Coates Leeds United defender Charlie Cresswell is reportedly closing in on a £3.8m move to French side Toulouse. The 21-year-old was once earmarked by many as a future Leeds captain, having shone at various youth levels for the Whites. He had also shown promise at senior level, particularly impressing on his Premier League debut against West Ham United in September 2021. However, in the three years since his top flight bow, Cresswell has failed to establish himself at Elland Road. He was loaned out to Millwall for the 2022/23 season and returned to find himself on the fringes of Daniel Farke’s squad. Last season, he managed just five league appearances and was linked with a raft of clubs in January. Middlesbrough and Millwall were among those linked but a departure did not materialise. According to reporter Alan Nixon on his Patreon page, Toulouse of the French top tier have moved ahead of rivals in the race for Cresswell’s signature. The defender is said to be keen on

Leeds United sell midfielder to Europa Conference League club and shift big wage off the books — YEP 28/6/24

By Graham Smyth Leeds United have confirmed the sale of midfielder Marc Roca to Real Betis for an undisclosed fee. Roca made it clear his intention was not to return to Elland Road this summer after a season on loan with Real Betis in LaLiga. The 27-year-old spent the 2022/23 campaign with Leeds after a £10m move from Bayern Munich that saw him sign a four-year deal. But relegation in his first year all-but signalled the end of his time as a Leeds player. Roca was one of several players to use a relegation release clause in his contract, securing a loan move away from Elland Road. The loan clauses were inserted into contracts to give players an option other than the significant wage cut that was also written into deals to protect the club in the event of relegation. Roca and others opted to stay on Premier League wages and ply their trade elsewhere on loan. It became clear towards the end of this season, through the player’s own words, that he saw himself at Real Betis for the 20

Leeds United braced for official approach as three-year contract readied for £18m man — Leeds Live 28/6/24

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Leeds United's forgotten man has spent the past 18 months away from the club Leeds United could be in a position to finally cut ties with Diego Llorente in the next few weeks with reports in Spain suggesting AS Roma are now readying a three-year contract with the player. There have been suggestions so far this summer that Roma were hesitant regarding signing the 30-year-old, with the Italian club preferring instead to look at the possibility of another one-year loan option. However, according to Italian media outlet Siamo La Roma, the Serie A club are now putting together the details of a lengthy contract offer that would see the Spanish international stay at the club until the latter stages of his career. Llorente is understood to have made it clear to Leeds that he has no intentions of returning to Elland Road this summer, with it yet to be established if the player will report for pre-season training. Llorente and Leeds will hope a deal can be concluded before he has to re

Leeds’ start to the 2024-25 season: A tricky run but a chance to lay down a marker — The Athletic 27/6/24

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By Nancy Froston Leeds United know the task ahead of them. It is simple: set out to beat every team in the Championship in 2024-25 to achieve promotion. In reality, Leeds will not win them all but with the release of the fixture list for the new season, they now know when they are taking on their challengers. Daniel Farke’s side will start the season at home when they take on newly promoted Portsmouth in a lunchtime kick-off on Saturday, August 10 and they will end it a long way from home at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, May 3. Between those, there are trips to Stoke City on Boxing Day and a home game against Blackburn Rovers on New Year’s Day. And then there are the games that every fan will look for, with local and historic rivalries to think about. Following their promotion last season, Derby County are back in the second tier and will play Leeds in quick succession in December. Paul Warne’s side will come to Elland Road on December 7 and Leeds will make the return journey

Leeds United forward on 'special' transfer as new boss declares him ready for senior step up — YEP 27/6/24

By Graham Smyth Leeds United striker Sonny Perkins is 'ready' to make the step up to senior football according to new boss Richie Wellens, after returning to his first footballing home. Perkins began life in Leyton Orient's academy system before a move to West Ham United in 2019. He's back with the O's on a season-long loan from Leeds, having struggled to make a breakthrough at Elland Road since his 2022 arrival. Last season's temporary move to Oxford United failed to bring the match minutes Perkins needed and he was not considered part of Daniel Farke's plans. But this summer, as he enters the final year of his contract, he's made what he calls a 'special' move to League One Orient to kickstart his fledgling career. "It's really special to be back," he said. "I've been here so many times in the stands and as a ballboy, and I'm looking forward to getting out on the pitch in front of the fans for the first time.

Club ‘ready to pounce’ to sign Illan Meslier from Leeds United — Big move for him — Sportwitness 27/6/24

Illan Meslier has been linked with an exit from Leeds United on and off since he emerged as one to watch at the club. His progress hasn’t been as fast as some would have expected and it would be no surprise if there’s a temptation to move elsewhere to try a fresh experience. The 24-year-old played nearly every match for Leeds United last season and has a contract lasting until June 2026. Transfermarkt values the goalkeeper at €18m, and it’s unclear what the Whites would expect. FootMercato now reports that Marseille are keen on the goalkeeper. Roberto De Zerbi is set to be their new manager and work is ongoing to shape the squad for him. They’ve been following Meslier and are ‘ready to pounce’ for the Leeds United stopper, although there’s no indication of what the Ligue 1 side want to offer. There’s also no indication of the player’s thoughts regarding the transfer, but a move to Marseille would surely be tempting.

SONNY PERKINS JOINS LEYTON ORIENT ON LOAN — Leedsunited.com 27/6/24

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Leeds United can announce Sonny Perkins has joined Sky Bet League One side Leyton Orient on loan, for the 2024/25 campaign. The 20-year-old forward, who has regularly impressed in the Under-21s and also had a handful of first team appearances since arriving at Elland Road, will seek to gain further experience with the O’s under the guidance of Richie Wellens. Everyone at the club would like to wish Sonny well during his time at the Gaughan Group Stadium and we look forward to seeing his development whilst away from the club.

Angus Kinnear's 'juggling act' as Leeds United rivals monitor Whites man amid contract talks — YEP 27/6/24

By Will Jackson The summer transfer window is here but Leeds United have kept their powder dry so far. The Whites have offloaded Jack Harrison on loan, while Marc Roca is closing in on a permanent switch to Real Betis, it seems. However, as the end of the 2023-24 accounting period approaches, Leeds are yet to dip into the market in order to add to Daniel Farke's squad. That hasn't stopped the transfer news from rolling in though as the window gathers pace and with that in mind, we round-up some of the latest Whites news. Shackleton wanted Sheffield United are reportedly keeping a close eye Jamie Shackleton's contract negotiations at Elland Road. Shackleton is entering the final few days of his current deal with Leeds United and while the club have opened discussions about a contract renewal, as it stands he will become a free agent on July 1. The 24-year-old joined Leeds as a schoolboy and after working his way up through the ranks he has become a valued member of

German Giants Eye Teenage Leeds United Star — Inside Futbol 26/6/24

KRIS SANYAL Borussia Dortmund are interested in getting their hands on Leeds United midfielder Archie Gray this summer, it has been claimed in Germany. Following their failure to achieve promotion to the Premier League, Leeds are aware that they are likely to lose a few players this summer. Crysencio Summerville and Wilfried Gnonto are two players Leeds are expected to sell, but they are keen to hold on to Gray. The teenage midfielder has several suitors in the Premier League but Leeds are battling to keep him at Elland Road. However, according to German daily Bild (via Fussball Transfers), Dortmund are have now entered the race to sign the Leeds midfielder this summer. It has been claimed that Dortmund have their eyes on the young midfielder as a potential target. Gray, 18, would also be open to a move to Dortmund given their record of developing young talent. However, he is not a priority for Dortmund as the club are now busy trying to finalise the signings of Waldema

Kieran Maguire's Leeds United PSR verdict ahead of major summer sales deadline — YEP 26/6/24

By Will Jackson The end of the 2023-24 account period comes on June 30 with some clubs needing to do business before that date Football finance expert Kieran Maguire believes Leeds United are in a strong position as they approach the end of the current accounting period. The 2023-24 accounting period will come to an end on Sunday with the new season officially starting on July 1, as far as club finances are concerned. As such, as we saw last summer, June 30 could almost act as a mini transfer deadline day as clubs strive to balance the books and ensure they are compliant with the profit and sustainability rules that are so prevalent in today's game. Moves could well be made then and with some teams needing to offload players, surprisingly low prices may be seen. However, Maguire doesn't believe Leeds will be forced into selling any one at a fee considered to be short of their market value, with the club said to be comfortable financially leading up to June 30. "T

How Leeds United's inside man in Joe Rodon Tottenham Hotspur deal can lead transfer breakthrough — YEP 26/6/24

By Joe Donnohue Leeds United's technical director Gretar Steinsson is a former Tottenham Hotspur employee having previously undertaken the role of performance director at the North London club. The Whites' transfer hierarchy this summer has been bolstered with the arrival of recruitment lead Jordan Miles from Aberdeen, but as was the case last summer, it will be Steinsson and transfers consultant Nick Hammond leading the search for incoming players and holding talks with clubs, representatives and players. Steinsson, who arrived last July, is overseeing the club's summer recruitment alongside Hammond, who also remains at the club after an initial successful posting during the transfer of ownership to 49ers Enterprises 12 months ago. The former Icelandic international is a regular fixture at United matches, often sat alongside chief executive Angus Kinnear or chairman Paraag Marathe whenever the American is visiting from the United States. An ex-Premier League defe

Leeds United delaying permanent sale to July 1, PSR profit could now follow — Leeds All Over 25/6/24

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Kris Smith Leeds United are set to sell Marc Roca permanently to Real Betis this summer, but the deal is now being held back until his loan deal concludes on June 30. Daniel Farke’s pre-season preparations are no doubt formulating with less than a week remaining until the squad are back in at Thorp Arch at the start of July. Some players won’t be reporting back due to international commitments, while some won’t be present because outbound transfers are imminent. Reports from Spain revealed a surprising agreement was in place between Leeds and Real Betis over the transfer of Marc Roca. Holding a loan clause after Leeds lost in the playoff final, Roca and the La Liga side are keen on bypassing that deal and seeing him tied down long-term with a permanent contract. A fee around €5million (£4.23million) is agreed between the two sides, which is a reduced sum from the £10million the Whites paid for him in 2022 from Bayern Munich. The Athletic have now shared that the deal is s

Why Leeds’s pre-season trip to Germany will be behind closed doors — and the other plans — The Athletic 25/6/24

By Nancy Froston Daniel Farke will take Leeds United on a trip to his home country this summer — but he will have to do so without his club’s fans. The manager and his players will travel to Germany for a training camp as part of their pre-season preparations. This will include friendly matches, but those games will have to take place behind closed doors. This is because of an issue with policing and security after this summer’s European Championship. A limited number of police officers and security will be available following the tournament, which concludes on July 14. Hundreds of thousands of fans have travelled to Germany for the month-long tournament, requiring maximum staffing for security and emergency services over the summer. After the tournament is over, policing will return to normal levels and with staff taking annual leave Leeds were informed that local authorities would not be able to accommodate a large travelling support. Sources at Leeds, kept anonymous to pro

How Leeds United's financial picture looks as major player sale deadline looms and new £83m figure revealed — YEP 25/6/24

By Joe Donnohue Leeds United's 2023/24 accounting period ends on June 30 with the club yet to sell a first-team player for big money as was suggested would need to be the case if the club were not promoted. Leeds' failure to return to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs last season led to suggestions the club would be forced into a sale in order to abide by Profitability and Sustainability (P&S) regulations - or at the very least, improve the club's financial picture. With less than seven days remaining until the 2024/25 season officially begins, on balance sheets that is, Leeds are yet to sell one of their high-value players. While the club have agreed a deal to send Jack Harrison back to Goodison Park on a season-long loan and are on the verge of recouping an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £5 million, for Marc Roca, a much-feared post-play-off fire-sale has not materialised. Leeds' 2022/23 season accounts reflected a £33.7

Jack Harrison opens up on his Leeds United exit, re-joining Everton and his long-term goal — YEP 24/6/24

By Will Jackson Jack Harrison has completed his return to Everton on another season-long loan Jack Harrison has reiterated his desire to represent England after re-joining Everton on a season-long loan from Leeds United. Harrison spent the entirety of last season on loan with the Premier League club where he made 35 appearances and scored four goals and he will return to Goodison Park on a similar agreement this time around. The deal does not involve an option for Everton to buy the winger outright at the end of the deal, despite reports suggesting the move was being made with a view to a permanent switch down the line. Harrison will be keen to do enough to force the Toffees' hand come the end of his second season at the club, though. The 27-year-old, who has played 206 times for Leeds during his spell at Elland Road, feels he has plenty more to show the Everton faithful and he's keen to not only impress them and Sean Dyche but also Gareth Southgate as he chases his fir

Leeds United contract talks to accelerate in coming days as 27-year Elland Road association enters final week — YEP 24/6/24

By Joe Donnohue Leeds United club captain Liam Cooper has less than one week remaining on his existing Elland Road contract with the skipper's future still unresolved. Leeds have tendered a contract offer to the Scotland international, who is yet to accept a deal to remain at the club for an eleventh consecutive season or move on to pastures new. Alongside the Tartan Army, Cooper was eliminated from the European Championships by a 100th minute Kevin Csoboth winner during their final Group A match against Hungary on Sunday night, without having played a minute of football at the summer tournament. With international commitments now in the rear-view mirror, attentions can return to Cooper's club future which could yet have ramifications on the summer business Leeds conduct. There is a possibility the club lose their skipper, Joe Rodon and Charlie Cresswell in one fell swoop, which would necessitate incomings at centre-back. Following Scotland's Euros exit, Cooper is

Leeds United transfer news: Winger's departure for Premier League club confirmed — Yorkshire Post 24/6/24

By Stuart Rayner Jack Harrison's expected return to Everton for a second season-long loan has been confirmed. Leeds United would have been hoping to sell the winger, who impressed at Goodison Park last season with four goals in 35 appearances. But the 27-year-old is thought to have a clause in his contract which once more allows him to move on loan with the Whites still in the Championship after losing the play-off final to Southampton in May. And with finances tight at Everton, who are hoping to complete a takeover by The Friedkin Group but wary that similar attempts have collapsed, it suits them to once more loan rather than buy Harrison. Leeds also need to sell players with their parachute payment reduced in their second season outside of the Premier League. Fellow wingers Crysencio Summerville and Willy Gnonto are attracting interest, and Leeds will hope to do deals which allows them to keep prized asset, Leeds supporter, and third-generation Whites player Archie Gray

Marcelo Bielsa: the inside story of a Leeds love affair that made dreams come true — The Athletic 18/7/20

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Phil Hay At 10pm on the day Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa finally shook hands, I received a text message from South America. “Marcelo is heading to sign his contract at six o’clock Argentina time,” it said. “I’m heading to find a revolver.” If a revolver was going too far, then a stiff drink was needed by everybody — for the people negotiating with Bielsa and some of the people negotiating for him. After weeks of conversations and hours spent face-to-face in a downtown hotel in Buenos Aires, the deal was done. It had taken so long that Leeds were close to missing the deadline for a work permit application. They refused to relax until the contract came through. Would there be any surprises with it? Might Bielsa find a reason to change his mind at the death? Was this really happening? They say that with Bielsa, football clubs don’t choose him. When it comes to the crunch of a firm decision, he chooses them. He rarely feels the need for a rest or a break (a three-year hiatus aft