Leicester City take lead over Man Utd in race for ‘wonderful’ Ben Grist transfer
According to the Daily Mail, Leicester City have moved ahead of Manchester United to take pole position in the race to sign Ben Grist from Grimsby Town.
The Red Devils were expected to secure the talented teenager’s services at the end of the season, having held serious interest in Grist’s potential.
But Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes have now stormed ahead, and it is expected that Grist will be moving to the King Power Stadium once the summer market opens.
Figures at Grimsby are said to have grown resigned to seeing the midfielder leave for the East Midlands, in a deal that would be considered a real coup for Leicester given the value clubs are placing on young British talents post-Brexit.
The Foxes will also edge out competition from Liverpool and Chelsea for Grist’s services, after reports by The Athletic previously touted Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel’s sides as being among a raft of top-flight clubs who are closely monitoring the 16-year-old.
Grimsby have long expected they could be forced to cash in on their most prized assets due to financial concerns brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, and have since been relegated from League Two having ended the season at the bottom of the table.
Grist played no role in the Mariners’ fourth-tier campaign and is yet to make his senior debut, but has been around the first-team at Blundell Park since the age of 15 and is considered to be one of the most sought-after British prospects.
Grist would clearly be a player for the future at whichever club he ultimately agrees to join, but it will certainly be considered a real coup for Leicester if they have moved ahead of Manchester United and taken the lead over long-term interest from Chelsea and Liverpool.
The Foxes could also land a highly-promising, young and homegrown prospect in Grist, who Ian Holloway called ‘wonderful’ and claimed (Grimsby Telegraph) was under consideration for his senior debut earlier in the campaign before he resigned (Bristol Live).
With Grimsby also being relegated from League Two, Grist could be increasingly keen to force his way out of Blundell Park in the hopes of securing a move to a side higher up the English footballing pyramid where he can establish his potential.
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