Leeds United transfer state of play with Liverpool raid, £20m deal update, Gray and Rodon latest

For the second successive summer, Leeds United are preparing to enter a difficult period, with the ramifications having a major say on next season and beyond. Much has been made of the fact the Whites owe close to £190m in payments for previous transfer business, with around £70m of that due in the coming weeks as the next instalments kick in.

A host of players who left last summer on loan like Jack Harrison, Marc Roca and Brenden Aaronson are all technically due back at the club for the start of pre-season training, although we doubt that will be the case with all nine returning loanees.

Then there's the speculation regarding the likes of Crysencio Summerville, Wilfried Gnonto, Georginion Rutter and Archie Gray, all of which are being linked with departures from the club in the summer transfer window. For chairman Paraag Marathe and manager Daniel Farke, there's an important couple of months ahead in shaping the squad for another promotion challenge

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With that in mind, here is the latest on a number of Leeds players, with updates on their future and next moves.

Crysencio Summerville

Transfer speculation comes with the territory of being the Championship player of the season. This is not just wild speculation, however, Leeds' top scorer is in high demand with as many as five Premier League linked with the Dutchman. Liverpool have long been seen as the favourites to secure the services of the 22-year-old, thanks in some part to new manager Arne Slot being a fellow countryman and known admirer.

Liverpool are not alone in their interest and could find themselves priced out of a deal should Chelsea come in and trump them for the second successive season in the hunt for one of their main targets. Chelsea may be without a manager right now, but the Blues' transfer committee are fans of Summerville and there's growing belief a big could be incoming.

Champions League football would be a big draw for Summerville, who is also attracting interest from West Ham, Fulham and Bournemouth. Currently valued around £35m, there is little expectation the forward will still be at Elland Road at the beginning of next season.

Archie Gray

Arsenal and Bayern Munich are now being linked, alongside long-time admirers Liverpool, with a potential move for the 18-year-old this summer. Gray still has four years to run on a new contract only signed back in January, but his stock has risen even more since then and he's currently seen as one of the best teenagers in English football.

Leeds are bracing themselves for an offer on the teenager, who shone in defence and midfield this past season, but no decision has been made at this stage as to whether any bids will be entertained and it's likely any approach will only be given consideration if it is accompanied by a bid so significant it could have a major impact on addressing Leeds' profit and sustainability position, while allowing the club to strengthen in the transfer market.

For now, all eyes are on what Liverpool, Arsenal and Bayern decide to do next.

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Joe Rodon

Leeds United have not given up hope of keeping hold of Joe Rodon despite their failure to secure promotion to the Premier League, however that hope has rescinded with the news a number of Premier League clubs are showing an interest in signing the Tottenham Hotspur player.

The 26-year-old impressed after arriving on loan from Tottenham and while he is set to rejoin Spurs now his temporary spell at Elland Road is over, he's not expected to be in Ange Postecoglou's plans in North London. Signing Rodon on a permanent deal would be a big boost to Daniel Farke's 2025 promotion plans, however Leeds need to put their primary focus on moving some players off their wage bill and addressing close to £100m which is owed in the coming months to clubs for previous transfer dealings.

That delay could prove costly if other clubs come in first, with Rodon's performances for the Whites having caught the eye. Rodon has talked about how much he has enjoyed his time at Leeds, but also has Premier League ambitions.

Jack Harrison

Everton appear willing to strike a permanent deal for a player who they took on loan a year ago after Leeds United crashed out the Premier League. Harrison has no ambition to play in the Championship and has made it clear he'd like to stay at Everton, with the Toffees thought to be interested in striking a deal with the Whites.

Having paid £11m for Harrison when he joined from Manchester City, Leeds will want to try and at least recoup that figure, but Everton know they must be prudent with their finances so a delicate negotiation may have to take place this summer for a deal to be agreed which suits all parties.

Matt O'Reilly

A year ago Leeds United saw their interest in Celtic star Matt O'Reilly ended when they fell out of the Premier League and faced a difficult summer in moving on a number of players tied to top-flight wages. Fast forward 12 months and with Leeds facing up to another year in the Championship and with those same legacy contract issues and financial constraints in place, a deal for the former MK Dons man looks very unlikely.

Likewise, Leeds had been linked with Manchester City's James McAtee, who has been impressing on loan at Sheffield United, but staying in the second tier is likely to have ended that interest, too.