The Elland Road teen Finlay Gorman is expected to be acquired by the Premier League winners for a British record fee for a fifteen-year-old.
Finlay Gorman is one of the most highly regarded young players Leeds United has lost in recent years.
The 15-year-old attacking midfielder is expected to sign a record-breaking British transfer deal with Premier League winners Man City, according to a report by The Athletic.
The two clubs are believed to have agreed a fee that is worth seven figures, with Leeds somewhat powerless as Gorman is still on schoolboy terms with the club due to his age.
A deal isn’t completed just yet, but the expectation is that Gorman will make the switch to the Etihad Stadium in the near future and link up with their academy.
It was first reported nearly a month ago by the Yorkshire Evening Post that Gorman was attracting interest from City, who have swept up several talented youngsters from EFL clubs from all around the country in recent years to bolster their fledging academy setup.
Big clubs have also taken notice of Gorman because he is performing above his age group. Although he will only turn 15 in September, Gorman has been playing for the under-18s recently and is still two seasons away from being a scholar at Elland Road.
Who is Finlay Gorman?
Gorman participated in several friendlies for England’s under-15 team earlier in 2023. In August of that same year, he earned his first cap for the Three Lions’ under-16 team, starting against France.
The young midfielder/winger has also played five times for Leeds’ under-18’s in the youth version of the Premier League, and he made his talent apparent against Stoke City back in August when scoring twice and assisting once in a 6-1 victory at the Potters’ Clayton Wood training base.
Having been away with England recently, Gorman has not been featuring for United’s youth sides in recent weeks, but he will likely not pull on the Whites’ shirt again as City have agreed a deal for his services.
Is Finlay Gorman a good fit at Man City?
With players like Rico Lewis, Oscar Bobb, and of course Phil Foden in Pep Guardiola’s current squad, Man City may be the Premier League club that gives their youth a chance if they are good enough.
Even if you don’t end up playing at the Etihad Stadium, the strength of the East Manchester youth system is demonstrated by the fact that players have recently been sold for large sums of money to Premier League and EFL teams.
Leeds have a fantastic academy in their own right and they have done for decades, and Archie Gray being a regular in Daniel Farke’s side right now is testament to that.
But you can understand why Gorman has been tempted to move across the Pennines to City – considering he is so young though it’s important to not have too much expectation of him though as careers don’t always pan out the way some expect.
The fact that Leeds are set to rake in a record fee for a 15-year-old though just shows how highly-rated Gorman is, and once again the youth coaching at Elland Road deserves praise for nurturing him.