Liverpool make Crysencio Summerville decision as Leeds United discover next step

Crysencio Summerville of Leeds United celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal during the Championship Play-Off Semi-Final
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The transfer window is not even open and yet it feels like Liverpool's pursuit of Leeds United star Crysencio Summerville has already become a bit of a saga, such is the length of time the Reds have courted the Dutchman. Having caught the eye of many clubs in a season that brought the 22-year-old the Championship player of the year accolade, Summerville is a wanted man this summer.

Despite the arrival of Red Bull as investors into Leeds United and the cash injection into the playing squad which chairman Paraag Marathe has discussed, it's still widely expected Summerville will depart this summer for the Premier League.

The arrival of fellow Dutchman Arne Slot as Liverpool manager only served to increase the speculation the Reds would be the club to land Summerville, however, according to The Mirror, Liverpool have now moved on from the player and have ended their interest, with the club's new hierarchy keen to explore other options.

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That decision has made Chelsea the new firm favourites to sign the Leeds forward, with the Blues having no problem meeting the £30m price tag the winger is expected to fetch for Leeds.

Leeds boss Daniel Farke would love to keep hold of Summerville, but the manager knows the financial demands placed on his squad and the difference one sale of that magnitude would make to his summer recruitment possibilities, while also not wanting to stand in the way of the player if the possibility to play European football for a Premier League club emerges.