Darko Gyabi is set for a medical at Leeds United tomorrow as he edges closer to a £5m move from Manchester City.
Leeds and City are known to be working on a multi-million pound deal for Kalvin Phillips to head to the Etihad, but there’s a midfielder coming back the other way in a separate transfer.
The man in question is Gyabi, City’s U23 midfielder.
As per a report from the Yorkshire Evening Post, Gyabi is due in Leeds for a medical on Friday ahead of a £5m move from City.
Once that deal is complete, the midfielder will begin work with Leeds’ squad in pre-season, as Jesse Marsch motors towards the opening day clash with Wolves at Elland Road on August 6th.
It’s also noted that Gyabi is not seen as Phillips’ direct replacement.
The majority of his appearances to date have been at youth level, with Gyabi making 11 appearances in the Premier League 2 Division 1 last season, scoring one goal and registering three assists.
It’s good to get this deal over the line given how highly-rated Gyabi is at City.
You wouldn’t think that it’s going to be a signing that will directly impact Leeds’ senior side, yet £5m is quite an outlay, so there must be a hope that the midfielder can kick on and start making a difference in the first-team before long.
What’s quite poetic about this deal is that it’s coming at a time when Phillips is leaving for a new challenge at City.
The long-term hope will be that Gyabi can one day emulate what the England international has done at Elland Road, even if he’s not going to do that overnight.