May 21, 2024

Everton are now showing an interest in the transfer of Archie Gray but must overcome Merseyside rivals Liverpool, who are already plotting a bid for the Leeds United talent.

 

That is according to the Daily Mail, which reports that Everton are among a host of Premier League clubs interested in Gray. The 17-year-old has put a wealth of top-flight clubs on high alert with his form for Leeds this season. He has been one of the stars of the Championship.

 

 

Daniel Farke has fielded Gray in 14 of the Whites’ 15 second-tier fixtures as they sit third in the standings. He has further started the England U19 international during 12 of his games. Gray has even made his four most recent appearances in the Championship as a right-back.

 

Everton face competition from Liverpool to sign Gray

Starting at home to Cardiff City on the opening day of the 2023/24 season was even Gray’s first-team debut for Leeds. He had only featured for the Whites’ academy teams prior to the 2-2 draw. The youngster has been a part of the Elland Road fold since he was nine years old.

 

Now, though, Premier League vultures are circling West Yorkshire with their eyes on a move for the midfielder. Multiple top-flight teams appreciate what he has offered Farke so far this term. Crystal Palace and Everton are among the clubs interested in signing Gray from Leeds.

 

But Liverpool appear to head the field with the Reds already preparing an offer to sign Gray next summer. The Daily Mail adds that Anfield chiefs have started to put plans in place for a swoop that might cost over £40m. Leeds are very reluctant to let their academy product go.

 

Leeds believe Gray is worth between £40m and £50m

Gray is under contract at Elland Road until June 2025 but his performances, above all, have driven a lofty valuation. Leeds believe he is worth between £40m and £50m. The Daily Mail also notes that his versatility has drawn comparisons to Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.

 

 

Leeds hero Jermaine Beckford has even described Gray as ‘phenomenal’ this term. He took true delight in the youngster’s efforts against Cardiff in August after anchoring the Whites’ engine room. Despite the match being his debut, the Bluebirds only caught Gray out once.

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