Leeds United frustrated as latest Crysencio Summerville transfer update leaves more questions

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It was with a real sense of frustration from all parties at Leeds United that the club said goodbye to Archie Gray yesterday as his transfer to Tottenham Hotspur was completed. Leeds had hoped to keep hold of Gray, but ultimately they needed to balance the books and he was the only player close to making a transfer away from the club.

There had been hope and perhaps even expectation a deal to take Crysencio Summerville to the Premier League or to a European club would have been completed before the end of June, and had that been the case, there's a good chance Gray may have remained at Elland Road. But despite Brighton and Hove Albion making an approach, nothing has materialised there and no other club has come in for the Championship player of the season.

Having been linked for weeks, there was a report yesterday in the winger's native Holland that both Liverpool and Chelsea, along with Paris St Germain, have approached Summerville's representatives to make tentative enquiries regarding his ambitions this summer. Enquiries are not offers, however, and as things stand Leeds are still awaiting a direct approach for the player.

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With the season creeping up on the club and pre-season training getting underway for the first team players, Leeds are left in a situation of not knowing what the transfer window looks like in terms of potential finances they can spend. Summerville's departure would hand manager Daniel Farke a transfer kitty to help re-shape his squad for another promotion bid, but Leeds want to get their business done early and under no circumstances want to lose Summerville late in the window when their options are limited somewhat.

There's a sense of frustration growing at the transfer talk around the player not materialising into anything concrete as plans are put on hold as this wait and see game continues. Leeds will hope indecision quickly turns into a firm decision on a player that could fetch the club a sizeable fee this summer on the back of the £30m profit made after Gray's departure and Joe Rodon's arrival from Tottenham. For now, the frustrating wait continues.