Leicester City has reached an agreement with German club Bayer Leverkusen for the sale of midfielder Demarai Gray, according to Sky Germany. The deal is reportedly worth €3m (£2.7m) and the midfielder is eager to join the German side after agreeing personal terms with them. Gray is expected to travel to Germany over the weekend and complete the move before the January transfer window shuts down.
The midfielder’s contract at Leicester is set to expire this summer and neither the club nor the player has any intention of extending his stay at the King Power. Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers had already made it clear that the midfielder could be on his way out of the club. Crystal Palace and Marseille were the other two clubs who were interested in signing the youngster, but Leverkusen seems to have won the race.
Demarai Gray, who joined Leicester from Birmingham in 2016 for £3.5m was part of the squad which won the Premier League title in the 2015-16 season and has scored 13 goals in 169 appearances during his 5-year stint at the club. He only made 2 appearances this season across all competitions and failed to register a goal or an assist.
A move to Bundesliga would be an ideal opportunity for Gray to showcase his talent and the club believes that he could emulate other young English players like Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham who moved to Germany at a young age from England and hit the ground running straight away.
The 24-year-old could be Leverkusen’s third signing from the UK in this transfer window after they announced the signings of Timothy Fosu-Mensah from Manchester United and Jeremie Frimpong from Celtic earlier in January. According to reports, the German club has also enquired to sign Manchester United youngster Brandon Williams on loan till the end of the season but are facing tough competition from Premier League clubs Southampton and Newcastle United. The January transfer window will close on Feb 1st Monday at 11 pm BST.