The links between Liverpool and England U21 international Demarai Gray go back at least a year and a half. Back then, the young winger was burning it up for Birmingham City and was being eyed by quite a few Premier League clubs. Gray ultimately ended up with Leicester last season, who by then were, of course, the defending champions of the English top flight.
But the 20-year-old has only played two complete games in the Premier League this season. Considering how much the Foxes have struggled this season, you’d think Gray would’ve seen more minutes as Leicester looked for something— anything— to keep them out of the relegation zone. But for whatever reason, neither Claudio Ranieri or Craig Shakespeare rated him high enough to give him a bigger role in the team.
Leicester have come a long way from their nadir in the middle of the season, when they were looking increasingly likely to go down at the end of the campaign. Following today’s 3-0 win over Watford, the Foxes are up to ninth place; still a disappointment following their historic title win in 2015-16 but still much improved. But while the club’s immediate problem seems to be in the rearview mirror, Demarai Gray is still unsure what, if any, place he has in the squad.
Which led to the Daily Mail’s report a couple days ago that Gray could looking to move on— and that Liverpool are among the list of suitors.
Tottenham and Everton also have their eyes on Gray, reportedly, although so far everyone seems to be in Wait And See mode. There are two wrinkles for any club that wants to go after Gray— the fact that the young winger still has three years remaining in his current deal, and that said contract reportedly features a £22 million release clause. (The club has officially denied that there is such a release clause, but the Mail’s sources aren’t buying it.) Considering that Gray has been unable to secure regular minutes with a midtable side— whatever the reasons for that are— the three upper-end-of-the-table suitors are likely and understandably reticent to drop that kind of money on him.
As with all transfer rumours, take with several grains of salt.