Things are moving quickly. Just moments after Fabrizio Romano reported that Leeds wanted to sign Weston McKennie, well-respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio now claims Leeds have opened initial talks with Juventus for him.

McKennie, 24, has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League in the last couple of transfer windows. He remains an important part of a Juventus side resurgent under Max Allegri – despite a recent 5-1 loss to leaders Napoli.

The midfielder, who has 41 caps for USA – many of which have come alongside Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams – has clocked up 96 games for Juve. He joined the Old Lady initially on loan from Schalke, back in the summer of 2020.

Joining permanently a year later, he remains a regular. But Juventus are keen to offload some of their players to bring in some cash and McKennie could be allowed to go if the price is right. Romano said Leeds are keen to sign McKennie.

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Now, Di Marzio says Leeds have actually opened talks to sign McKennie before the end of the window. A move that would see McKennie team up with his USA mates in Aaronson and Adams. He has a contract at Juventus until 2025.

Di Marzio claims Leeds have opened talks to sign Juventus ace McKennie

Leeds need a midfielder. Azzedine Ounahi, the Angers midfielder who starred for Morocco at the World Cup, has been a target. He remains as such. But the Ligue 1 side are said to want a figure in the region of £25million this month.

It might be, that Angers would rather sell him for a slightly smaller fee in the summer. McKennie is available for a fee slightly less than that. Gazetta say he would cost around £20million. What a signing he would be for Leeds this week.

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