Furthermore, The Athletic published a report saying that the English giants would be obliged to pay a cost that would smash the British transfer record for a player his age, surpassing Fran Merida’s £2.2 million move to Arsenal from FC Barcelona in 2005.

Gorman has consistently broken down barriers regardless of his age, becoming the youngest-ever talent to score a brace in an U18s Premier League match against Arsenal in the previous season at the age of 14 years and 326 days.

Nonetheless, Football Insider reports that Gorman’s fee may not be as high as other publications have said, but he is still expected to join the Manchester club for £1.2 million, subject to a physical.

Furthermore, Football Insider has revealed that Leeds United are planning to compensate for Gorman’s departure by signing 17-year-old Larne starlet Jack Hastings, but will face heavy competition from Premier League team Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Despite not turning 18 until March, the teenager has already earned his senior debut for Northern Ireland with Larne in the Irish Cup this season.

Writer’s View

Losing Gorman is a big blow. There were very high hopes for the 15-year-old in Yorkshire, particularly since Joe Gelhardt’s career hasn’t quite gone to plan so far. However, when a club like Man City are interested, with the money they’re reportedly offering, the writing was already on the wall for Leeds.

Not much is known about Hastings, although Leeds’ recruitment in recent seasons has been excellent when it comes to scouting and acquiring young players, so supporters should have full faith in the board that this will be the perfect replacement.

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