Leeds are understood to be closing in on a deal to sign USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie in what could prove to be a significant coup for each Jesse Marsch and the Elland Road hierarchy. Formal talks are actually set to take play with Juventus over a fee for the 24-year-old maestro, who has made it known that he could be ready to affix up with international team-mates Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams in Yorkshire to fulfil his Premier League dream.
But potentially problematically for Leeds, Juventus will not be prepared to let McKennie leave on the low cost despite his wishes after setting a £22million asking price.
Any deal would ideally see Juve overturn some profit on the £16.3m shelled out to Schalke in the summertime of 2021 following a successful loan spell in Turin.
It’s currently unclear whether Leeds have the money handy to match Juve’s valuation but with McKennie open to the move, the Whites hold a powerful position to shut a deal and there may be quiet optimism an agreement might be found.
Moreover, Juventus cannot spend this month unless they sell and McKennie has been identified as a player that could make way this month providing the value is correct.
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Although Leeds are believed to feel the crux of their winter business is now done following the signings of Maximilian Wober and Georginio Rutter, there could yet be more arrivals.
Leeds are also hot in pursuit of Servette’s teenage defender Diogo Monteiro, who has been scouted heavily by the Whites.
The Portuguese youth international can’t be signed until he turns 18, nonetheless, together with his birthday set to fall on January 28 – there may be every probability a deal might be wrapped up in the ultimate days of the window.
Monteiro is already understood to have made the trip to Leeds’ Thorp Arch training ground for a visit together with his father ahead of a possible move.
While the highly-rated centre-back has only played a handful of games at senior level in Switzerland, he’s deemed as an exciting talent for the longer term.
Should Leeds complete a deal, Monteiro could be expected to affix up with the club’s U21 or U23 side to assist his adaptation to English football.
Head coach Marsch is now under increasing pressure within the Elland Road hot-seat as Leeds proceed to flirt with one other relegation dogfight.
Leeds are keen to tie down attacker Jack Harrison to a latest contract amid interest from Leicester City after he entered the ultimate 18 months of his current deal.
The Whites are also monitoring the longer term of Southampton teenager Jimmy-Jay Morgan, who is known to have rejected a latest contract at St Mary’s.