Reports from Italy suggest that Brighton have looked at the possibility of signing Weston McKennie from Juventus this summer – and if the on-loan Leeds midfielder does go, surely that helps Leeds pursue a move for James Milner.

McKennie, 24, has struggled to live up to the hype that surrounded his signing when he first joined the club in the January window. But he has had it tough. In his four months, he has had four separate managers in the dugout.

He has also lost arguably the biggest reason he joined, in Tyler Adams. The duo, who have known eachother for a number of years and play together for USA, were meant to be the Leeds pivot. Adams has had hamstring surgery.

McKennie impressed against Newcastle but now, the chances are that he does not sign permanently, even if Leeds do manage to avoid the drop. CMW claim this week that Brighton have taken a look at the USMNT midfielder.

Whether Brighton are actually interested remains to be seen. But if Roberto De Zerbi’s side do make their move for McKennie, then surely that hands Leeds the best chance to nab Milner. Liverpool confirmed he is leaving on a free.

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Brighton signing McKennie helps Leeds pursue a move for Milner

A report from The Mail states that while Brighton are front runners for Milner, Leeds cannot be ruled out. Of course, confirming our Premier League status is fundamental in any move for the £120k-a-week 61-time England veteran.

But if Brighton sign McKennie, that fills the void of signing a midfielder. It would in turn, cool their interest in Milner and that might hand Leeds the chance to bring the ex-Newcastle and Villa star back to Elland Road, this summer.

There are plenty of ifs, but Milner would surely love to return to where it all started – back to his home. First things first, Leeds must avoid the clutches of relegation and a win against West Ham on Sunday would go some way.

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