Leicester City have rejected a £20 million bid for Demarai Gray from AFC Bournemouth, according to Sky Sports.
Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Borussia Dortmund are also interested in him, but Leicester City are prepared to fend off any interest as they consider him a part of their long-term plans.
The England U-21s International has been frustrated by his lack of playing time since he signed for Leicester City back in 2016 from Birmingham City. Demarai Gray has made 55 appearances for City so far, 43 of which came last season – he started a mere 15 of them.
While Demarai Gray was a joy to watch on occasions, it wasn’t enough for Craig Shakespeare to make him a regular starter despite Leicester City’s struggles in the previous campaign.
Talking about the young forward following his side’s 2-1 defeat to Burton Albion, Craig Shakespeare said:
"“Dimi’s (Demarai Gray) representatives came in to have a meeting with the director of football (Jon Rudkin), I wasn’t privy to that.“We’ve had conversations, myself and Dimi. It is well-documented. We have spoken about trying to give him more game-time and we are both happy with that.”"
As has been the case with Riyad Mahrez, this seems like a transfer saga that could drag on till the Deadline Day. It’s no secret that Gray wants to play more, but where the problem lies is fitting him into the side.
Would Craig Shakespeare be willing to bench a more matured, a more experienced player for a player as young as Demarai Gray? One would doubt so, but given the amount of talent he possesses, the Leicester City boss may have to grant him his wish, or else, he can always decide in favour of a move – why wouldn’t he?