Leeds United are understood to be resisting late transfer window interest for winger Crysencio Summerville from Premier League outfit Burnley.
The development comes amid reports that the Clarets have recently lodged a £20m bid for Summerville’s services, an offer which was swiftly knocked back by Leeds.
Speculation surrounding the Dutchman’s future in West Yorkshire has raged all summer yet Summerville seems firmly in the picture at Elland Road, having returned immediately to Daniel Farke’s starting XI in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Salford City after suffering an injury in Leeds’ Championship opening day fixture against Cardiff.
News of Burnley’s attempt to sign the forward first emerged on Thursday evening via journalist Fabrizio Romano, who claimed that there was “no chance” Leeds were going to sanction a sale at the price Vincent Kompany’s side were offering.
Understand Burnley made £20m offer to Leeds United for Crysencio Summerville in the last 24h 🟣 #BurnleyFC
Leeds rejected the offer out of hand. No chance. pic.twitter.com/FAm58lk2Lq
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2023
The Athletic’s Phil Hay has now reported on the development, claiming that the Whites did indeed “knock back” an initial Burnley approach and that – at this stage – Summerville looks set to remain in West Yorkshire following the closure of the summer transfer window this evening.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) September 1, 2023
Last minute transfer speculation surrounding fellow wingers Luis Sinisterra and Wilfried Gnonto have increased in intensity as the transfer deadline approaches, with the former being linked to a move to Everton or Crystal Palace, and the latter reportedly facing further enquiries from Everton who have been keen on the Italian youngster all summer.
Whilst retaining Summerville would be a boost to the Whites’ promotion hopes this season, there is no denying that to lose either Sinisterra or Gnonto on the transfer window’s final day would come as something of a blow.
Leeds host Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road tomorrow afternoon and – at present – it is hard to say for certain the squad which manager Daniel Farke will have at his disposal against the Owls.