Leeds: Whites return with new Weston McKennie offer
Leeds United have made a new offer to Juventus for midfielder Weston McKennie, according to Sky Sports journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
The Lowdown: Opening offer
The Whites have already spent big this month with moves for Max Wober and Georginio Rutter and could splash the cash once again when it comes to McKennie.
Leeds chiefs submitted an opening bid worth €28m (£24.6m) to Juventus for the midfielder on Wednesday, with the Serie A side holding out for a figure closer to €35m (£30.8m).
The Latest: Improved bid
Sky Sports international reporter Di Marzio shared an update late on Thursday evening regarding McKennie.
He said that Leeds have returned with a new offer worth around €30m (£26.3m) plus bonuses. There is a feeling that the club are close to an agreement which could be closed at some point today.
The Verdict: Good to see
Leeds could do with a new midfielder before the end of the month, with Jesse Marsch having limited senior options in holding and central midfield.
McKennie, 24, can play in a variety of midfield roles and has been branded as ‘incredibly underrated’ by Football Talent scout Jacek Kulig, so could be a smart addition both in the short and long run.
Time is ticking, though, so it is good to see that Leeds chiefs have returned with a new offer closer to Juventus’ demands. Hopefully, as Di Marzio states, an agreement could be reached at some point in the next 24 hours, giving the club plenty of time ahead of Tuesday’s deadlines to sort out a medical and complete the relative paperwork.