Wolves reportedly made ‘a big play’ for Darko Gyabi, but the midfielder has now joined Leeds United.
The youngster has completed a move to Elland Road for around £5 million from Manchester City, with official confirmation expected very soon.
The Premier League champions have today signed Kalvin Phillips, and when City started mobilising on that deal, Leeds asked about signing Gyabi, as reported by The Athletic.
They had been analysing him for 18 months, and really liked what they saw.
Gyabi joined City at the age of 14 from Milwall, with the the Lions receiving £300,000 in compensation payments.
The Athletic state that Wolves made a big play to sign the teenager.
And Chelsea also attempted to sign him, submitting an offer of their own after letting him slip through the net.
But it was City who landed him, and he’s developed into a very promising player.
Two years after signing for them, he became a leading player for the U18s and last term he helped the U23s as they won the league title.
He now stands to become a Premier League player with Leeds, and it will be interesting to see how he gets on after Wolves seemingly tried hard to sign him.
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Who knows how close Wolves really came to landing Gyabi, but he’s clearly a young player with big potential.
To be making a move for £5 million at the age of 18 suggests he has an exciting future.
Currently, Wolves are crying out for a box-to-box midfielder.
So it will be interesting to see if Leeds actually get him involved with their first-team.
Potentially, it could be some time yet before he establishes himself as a regular.
But hopes are clearly very high for him, and it could be that Wolves have missed out on a gem.