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Leeds starlet Archie Gray set for Brentford medical amid European interest

Leeds United midfielder Archie Gray is on the verge of joining Brentford after agreeing personal terms with the club, according to The Atheltic.

The 18-year-old has attracted interest from several Premier League and European clubs, but Brentford have emerged as front-runners and are close to finalising the deal.

Chelsea were linked with a move for Gray a few days ago, while Borussia Dortmund also showed interest in the versatile Leeds star.

If his medical goes smoothly, Leeds is expected to agree to a transfer fee in the region of £35 million.

Other clubs remain interested, but Leeds’ financial situation has forced them to sanction the move early despite their reluctance to lose such a promising talent.

Leeds are desperate to balance their books and avoid potential sanctions under the Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR). Gray, as a homegrown product, translates to pure profit on the books.

Gray enjoyed a breakout season with Leeds in the Championship last term, playing a key role in their run to the play-off final.

The England Under-21 international made 44 appearances in the Championship under manager Daniel Farke.


A move to Brentford is the wisest decision for Gray’s development. He would find it hard to break into a team competing for Champions League football.

Gray will receive consistent playing time in the Premier League with Brentford, where he can grow and refine his skills against top-flight competition.

Director of football Phil Giles and technical director Lee Dykes had a recruitment meeting at the beginning of April and highlighted central midfield as an area in need of reinforcement.

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