June 25, 2024

Bayer Leverkusen is reportedly interested in acquiring Leeds United’s Crysencio Summerville at a discounted price. According to German outlet Sportbild, via Sport Witness, the German club is eyeing a summer move for the Dutch winger.

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Speculation about Summerville’s future has emerged following Leeds United’s failure to secure promotion to the Premier League. Despite being named the EFL’s Player of the Year last season, where he contributed 19 goals and nine assists under Daniel Farke’s management, Leeds suffered a 1-0 defeat to Southampton in the play-off final, condemning them to another season in the Championship.

Bayer Leverkusen is just one of several clubs interested in securing Summerville’s services during this transfer window. The Bundesliga champions are reportedly seeking a deal worth €20 million (£17 million) for the talented forward.

With ambitions to defend their Bundesliga title and compete in the UEFA Champions League next season, manager Xabi Alonso is keen on strengthening his squad. Leverkusen sees Leeds’ promotion setback as an opportunity to sign one of their most sought-after prospects.

Summerville joined Elland Road in 2020 from Feyenoord after Leeds’ promotion to the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa, but it wasn’t until the 2022/23 season that he became a regular starter.

The 22-year-old established himself as a crucial part of Farke’s starting XI last season, as they pursued promotion back to the top flight. However, Bayer Leverkusen now sees him as a feasible transfer target this summer due to Leeds remaining in the Championship for another season. Reports suggest a fee of £17 million, although many anticipate Summerville’s potential departure for a higher price.

Bayer Leverkusen faces competition from several Premier League clubs for Summerville’s signature. Aston Villa is among the possible destinations, with Unai Emery eager to strengthen his squad following their Champions League qualification. Additionally, Liverpool and Chelsea are reportedly interested in the forward, with both clubs also securing spots in Europe’s elite competition.

Summerville is under contract with Leeds until 2026, so his preference remains to be seen. However, Leeds will likely seek to maximize the fee for Summerville if he departs.

Falling short against Southampton in the play-off final might mark Summerville’s final outing for the club.

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Eager to return to top-flight competition, the forward has caught the attention of several clubs.

The prospect of joining any of these teams presents an enticing opportunity for Summerville, who may be inclined to seek a transfer.

Considering Leeds’ financial objectives this summer, they should aim to spark a bidding war for Summerville to optimize his market value, as his departure appears increasingly probable.

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