A report in the Daily Mail has suggested that should Leicester dig their heels in regarding Demarai Gray’s future, the likes of Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool may be forced to pay £22 million if they hope to sign the winger.
The Mail reports that Gray is somewhat frustrated with life at the King Power Stadium, having struggled for game-time for the Foxes. And while he is yet to make a decision on his future, the Mail suggests that the Premier League champions are determined to keep hold of the winger who they signed from Birmingham City in 2016.
However, it appears that the decision on Gray’s future may be taken out of Leicester’s hands as, according to the Mail, the 20-year-old’s contract includes the eight-figure release clause – though the Foxes have denied the presence of such a clause.
Although Gray has clubs such as Tottenham and Everton chasing his signature, it would perhaps be a surprise if any of the trio were willing to pay such a figure during the upcoming summer transfer window.
The wide-man is undoubtedly an extremely talented player with a tremendous amount of potential, but he is yet to establish himself in a Leicester side that has struggled for much of the campaign, and thus, spending £22 million on him would perhaps be something of a gamble at this stage.
And with Gray seemingly unlikely to sign a contract extension currently – given his frustration and the fact that his current deal has three years left to run (via Mail) – it will surely do little harm to wait and see if Gray shows more signs of being a player worth such a substantial outlay next season before pursuing a deal.
In any event, if the Reds’ interest is real, then it just shows yet again that the club is planning to persist with the failed ‘buy ’em young’ policy, which continues to yield zero results for the club. Liverpool need the finished article in several positions, not more players with potential to come good in 4-5 years.