According to reports, Liverpool could sign Leicester City winger Demarai Gray for as little as £12 million.
Liverpool signed Sadio Mané in the summer for £36 million from feeder club Southampton in order to address the side’s worrying lack of pace. Unsurprisingly, the Senegal attacker has been the Reds’ best performer this season and is top goal scorer for Liverpool.
However, as much as Mané brought bucket loads of speed to Liverpool’s otherwise meandering forward line, there remains a void where natural wingers are concerned at the Merseyside club.
A number of targets have been highlighted as viable options and one of these is Leicester City’s hugely promising young winger Demarai Gray. The English forward has a bright future ahead of him and is likely to attract attention from several clubs this summer.
According to the Mirror, Demarai Gray is growing frustrated with his bit-part role at Leicester City. He has made 33 appearances this season for the Foxes but has only been named in the starting XI for 12 of them.
Gray will be available this summer for as little as £12 million, according to the Mirror. That’s due the youngster’s buyout clause being relatively low. Leicester bought Gray a little over a year ago for £3.5 million from Birmingham.
Jürgen Klopp may well be interested in signing Gray given his suitability for Liverpool’s high-press. That, plus the fact that he is phenomenal in 1-v-1 situations, using his pace and superb dribbling skills to overcome defenders.
There are concerns regarding Gray’s diminutive frame and if he is really suited to playing in the Premier League. To answer that question, you need only look at Divock Origi and track his progress in the gym since arriving at Liverpool to realise that hard work can result in young players bulking up enough to cope with the muscular defenders in England.
I really hope that this deal comes off and Liverpool sign Gray. So long as the Leicester winger is not one of the club’s primary targets and there are more impressive players on the horizon, I see no issue.