Chelsea's Liverpool challenge could hand Leeds United a transfer boost

Leeds United do not want to see Crysencio Summerville leave Elland Road this summer, but if the Dutch winger is to depart then it has to be for the highest possible price.

Which is why news of potential Chelsea interest in the 22-year-old could almost turn out to be a good thing for the club. While another big-name Premier League side being linked with your star player may not, on the face of it, be a positive, the reality is that Summerville is more than likely to leave this summer.

Liverpool had been leading the chase to date, with new manager Arne Slot said to be a big admirer of the Dutchman who desevedly claimed the Championship player of the season award after an outstanding term for Leeds. While no offer has been forthcoming, he is seen as a relatively cheaper alternative to some of the astronomical prices being quoted already this window.

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However, Chelsea are now said to be ready to rival the Reds for Summerville's signature. Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano revealed the Blues' interest, with incoming manager Enzo Maresca knowing all about his strengths having seen his quality first-hand in this season's Championship promotion race.

"Crysencio Summerville is expected to change clubs and there are two monitoring him more than others - Liverpool and Chelsea," Romano told his YouTube channel. "Let’s see what they will decide to do in terms of negotiation.

“We are not yet at that stage, but the interest is really concrete with these two clubs involved. Let’s see if some other club will move behind the scenes. For sure, one to watch for the summer transfer window.”

While Leeds fans will understandably bemoan more interest in Summerville, the fact Chelsea are ready to get involved could pay off in the long term when it comes to the fee. Liverpool's hand could be forced, and that may lead to an increased fee to get the deal done.

Leeds don't want this saga to hang around all summer - if it's going to happen it's in everyone's best interest to get the deal done quicjly, and in Leeds' case, for the best price possible. More competition can only drive the price up.