‘We’ve prepared’ - Newcastle United given green light for £35m Chelsea and Liverpool target

Crysencio Summerville, Leeds United's standout performer in 2023-24Crysencio Summerville, Leeds United's standout performer in 2023-24
Crysencio Summerville, Leeds United's standout performer in 2023-24 | Getty Images
Crysencio Summerville is set to leave Leeds United following their failure to achieve Premier League promotion

Daniel Farke has admitted Leeds United are bracing themselves for a difficult summer - with Crysencio Summerville the likely big departure.

Wembley heartbreak for the Whites in the Championship play-off final denied them an instant Premier League return. Newcastle United academy product Adam Armstrong bagged the only goal - his 24th of the campaign - to propel Southampton back into the top flight.

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Leeds were pipped to automatic promotion by Ipswich Town despite finishing on 90 points - a joint record. Elland Road chiefs now face a financial struggle, with reports suggesting they owe £190million in transfer fees.

An exodus is expected, with Summerville, crowned the Championship’s Player of the Season last month, the prized effort. The winger’s 33 goal contributions across all competitions were vital towards Leeds’ promotion charge and his future is almost certainly away from West Yorkshire.

Newcastle have been linked with a move for Summerville despite boasting an abundance of talent on the left flank. Anthony Gordon and Harvey Barnes fight for that spot, although the Leeds man can play wide right, where the Magpies are weaker.

Dutch outlet Algemeen Dagblad claims Summerville will almost certainly move on without Premier League football. Speaking after the play-off defeat, Leeds boss Daniel Farke gave an ominous prediction about this summer’s plans - a reality Newcastle can capitalise on.

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“It's a bit tricky,” he said. “In the background, we've prepared a lot (for staying in the Championship). We're prepared for different scenarios but there will be lots of work to do in the upcoming weeks. 

“Before you press a button you need to know which league you're in. From now on at least we have clarity and can go a bit more into details. I'm pretty sure it will last a little bit, I'm not sure everything will be fully ready at the start of pre-season but when the new season starts then definitely everything will be ready."

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