Report: Leeds seal deal for talent who really 'catches the eye', Orta's wanted him for ages
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Report: Leeds seal deal for talent who really 'catches the eye', Orta's wanted him for ages

Leeds United have reportedly struck a deal for Manchester City midfield talent Darko Gyabi.

On Friday, The Athletic claimed that the 18-year-old ‘could be heading to Elland Road in a £5million deal’.

The Gyabi deal was not related to the negotiations for Kalvin Phillips, added the report.

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Meanwhile, The Telegraph published a report which seemed more definitive about the player’s move.

They claimed Gyabi ‘is moving to Leeds in a £5million transfer’.

And Leeds Live has reported that Whites director Victor Orta has long been interested in the Citizens gem.

City had apparently knocked back multiple enquiries from Leeds about Gyabi’s availability.

The outlet also stated that Leeds don’t consider the player Phillips’ direct replacement.

But ‘while his age would suggest Premier League 2 football, he’s more likely to link up with Jesse Marsch’s first team.’

Leeds target Darko Gyabi – factfile

Gyabi came through the ranks at Millwall before joining City’s setup in November 2018.

He currently plays for their Under-23s and lifted both the U18 Premier League title and its U23 counterpart in 2021.

Last season, Gyabi made 12 appearances in the Premier League 2, EFL Trophy and FA Youth Cup.

He registered one goal and three assists.

The City website describes Gyabi as a ‘player who catches the eye with his skill in tight areas and ability to dribble through midfield’.

He is also an England youth international, currently playing for the U18s, and has two caps at that level.

On Twitter, coach Harry Brooks congratulated Leeds on reportedly landing Gyabi.

He described the player as a “wonderful talent” who’s got what it takes to become the “ideal number 8”.

Leeds have signed three players so far this summer – Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen, and Marc Roca.

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