Everton are reportedly on the verge of a deal to sign Bayer Leverkusen’s winger Demarai Gray as Rafael Benitez seeks to make a name for himself in the first-team squad.
What’s the matter?
According to a well-known journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio RomanoThe Toffees should secure the services of the 25-year-old in the coming days.
He tweeted: “Everton is about to sign Demarai Gray from Bayer Leverkusen, confirmed. Deal now in the final phase, buy-out clause around € 2 million – contract until 2024.
Will Gray be a success at Everton?
Everton fans will be buzzing
The former Leicester City striker was a very highly rated contender early in his career and much was expected of him after moving from Birmingham City to King Power Stadium in 2016.
However, during his stint in the Midlands outfit, he struggled for consistency and failed to make over 23 Premier League starts in a single season before Brendan Rodgers took him off the first-team setup.
A move to Bundesliga club Leverkusen came about last January after Gray had only allowed 18 minutes of playing time in the first division in the first half of the 2020/21 season.
After initial successes in Germany, in which the former England U21 international scored once and provided two assists in his first three games for Die Werkself, he struggled to assert himself and an immediate return to the Premier League seems in sight.
The flying winger would be Benitez’s first signing since taking over Everton and the news that they’ll secure Gray’s signature for such a small fee is sure to delight the club’s supporters.
In modern times, a € 2 million price tag for a player with a lot of potential who has not yet reached his prime is an extremely smart deal for which football director Marcel Brands should be commended.
While success is far from guaranteed for Gray, who still has much to prove, his age and talent should allow Everton to easily make a profit on him should they decide to sell him in a few years’ time .
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