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Leverkusen acquire Dutch right-back Frimpong, terms with Gray finalized

By Peter Vice

Multiple German news sources presently confirm Scottish media reports that a yet another right back is on his way to Leverkusen. 

Additionally, SkyGermany reports that Germany's red company team have agreed to terms with Leicester City winger Demarai Gray.

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German footballing magazine Kicker notes that its own sources close to the club can confirm Leverkusen's interest in 20-year-old Dutch fullback Jeremie Frimpong. The former ManCity youth academy has, according to Scouting media sources, left his current club Celtic to complete a medical with a continental side.

Celtic head-coach Neil Lennon told Scotland's Daily Record that his player had left Glasgow to complete talks with his new team. Though Leverkusen has not independently been confirmed as the club, Kicker journalists speculate that the move is highly likely. Transfermarkt.de claims that the deal will be announced today.

Peter Bosz's Werkself desperately require assistance at the right fullback position in this season and beyond.

Another injury to the soon-to-be-retired Lars Bender, along with the announcement earlier today that Aleksandar Dragovic will also likely be departing at the end of the season, apparently leaves Rudi Völler and the club management prepared to invest still more in position. Summer acquisition Santiago Arias remains on indefinite injured reserve. Mitchell Weiser is weeks away from a return. January acquisition Timothy Fosu-Mensah debuted tepidly this weekend.

Frimpong has tallied thrice in 36 appearances over two seasons in the Scottish Premiership. Trainer Lennon has been quoted as being "disappointed" to have lost the player to a "very strong offer." Reports by Goal.com and transfermarkt place the transfer fee at approximately €11-12 million, with up to €2-3 million in bonus payments.

There is more movement with respect to another set of ongoing negotiations involving Leverkusen. SkyGermany and transfermarkt report that winger Demarai Gray has agreed to terms with die Werkself on a base salary structure. The details of a transfer fee, which earlier reports suggested might have been almost absurdly below the player's market value, remain un-finalized.

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