Leeds’ stance on Weston McKennie purchase clause

Leeds United are confident they will strike a deal to sign Weston McKennie on loan from Juventus, 90min understands, but the two sides remain in talks over the terms of a purchase clause.

McKennie is out of favour in Turin and has agreed to join fellow United States national Jesse Marsch at Elland Road, with Leeds first suggesting a loan move due to the financial restraints stemming from Georginio Rutter’s €30m move to the club earlier this month.

Juventus are happy to accept a loan and have made that clear to Leeds, with the two clubs also discussing a future permanent transfer that could be worth close to €30m.

The Serie A side are pushing for Leeds to agree to an obligation to sign McKennie permanently, but the Whites are favouring an option instead.

While a final agreement has yet to be reached, the expectancy is that the two sides will strike a deal in the near future to make McKennie the next reinforcement for Marsch.

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McKennie has already given his word to Leeds and personal terms are not expected to be an issue for any permanent transfer, whether that be optional or obligatory.

Leeds spent heavily during the summer and have continued their aggressive transfer push this month, recruiting centre-back Max Wober and the aforementioned Rutter, from Red Bull Salzburg and Hoffenheim respectively, for in excess of €40m.

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Anthony Gordon arrives for Newcastle medical ahead of Everton exit

Anthony Gordon has arrived on Tyneside to undergo a medical ahead of his transfer from Everton to Newcastle United, 90min understands.

The 21-year-old forward missed three consecutive days of training earlier this week as he looked to push through a move to the Magpies, before finally returning to Everton’s Finch Farm facility on Friday.

Gordon attracted serious interest from the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea during the summer months but Everton managed to fight off those advances. The latter maintained an interest in the winger, who has seven goals to his name in 51 Premier League appearances over the last two seasons.

However, it quickly became clear later in January that the main interest was coming from Newcastle.

After days of negotiation, the two clubs finally came to an agreement that’ll see Newcastle pay Everton an initial £40m fee for Gordon, with a further £5m due in add-ons, as reported by 90min. Everton had previously placed a £60m price tag on the player.

With the two clubs now aligned, sources have confirmed to 90min that Gordon has arrived in the North East to undergo a medical exam before finalising his transfer to St. James’ Park.

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For Newcastle, Gordon’s arrival will offer added firepower as Eddie Howe seeks to guide them into the Champions League for the first time since 2003. The Magpies boast the best defensive record in the Premier League so far this season, conceding just 11 goals, while they’ve lost just one of their 20 games so far.

However, their three-point buffer inside the top four would be far more comfortable had they been able to convert a few of their 10 draws into victories, The hope is the attacking thrust Gordon can provide will help in that regard.

As for Everton, they sit 19th in the Premier League table after 20 games and have taken just two points from their last eight games. The need for reinforcements at Goodison Park has never been more urgent as the January window draws to a close, with the club yet to officially confirm Sean Dyche as their new manager.

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Brighton excuse Moises Caicedo from training after public transfer request

Brighton have allowed midfielder Moises Caicedo to miss training on Saturday after he voiced his desire to leave the club, 90min understands.

The Ecuador international went public after Arsenal saw a £60m bid for his services rejected – Chelsea have also failed with an enquiry over Caicedo earlier in the month – urging Brighton to sell him and allow him to take a ‘magnificent opportunity’.

Both clubs are expected to make further bids for Caicedo in the aftermath of his request, although Brighton are adamant that they will not be forced into selling the 21-year-old midway through the season.

Despite reports that Caicedo failed to turn up to training, 90min understands that Brighton have encouraged the midfielder to take some time away from the club until the closure of the transfer window.

As a result, Caicedo will not be part of the Brighton squad to face Liverpool in the FA Cup on Sunday but the Seagulls expect him back in training on February 1 and are still counting on him as part of their squad for the remainder of the season.

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Caicedo, who remains under contract with Brighton until 2025, has asked Brighton to let him leave this month but the club have no desire to give into the public pressureand have warned both Arsenal and Chelsea that further efforts to sign him will be futile.

The two London clubs have both looked at alternative targets this month but are expected to test Brighton’s resolve in the coming days.

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Brighton expecting further bids for Moises Caicedo from Arsenal & Chelsea

Brighton are braced for further approaches from Arsenal and Chelsea after midfielder Moises Caicedo went public with his desire to leave the club this month.

The Gunners saw a £60m bid knocked back on Friday, a week after Brighton quickly snubbed an enquiry from Chelsea about signing the 21-year-old international, who has recently signed up with a new agency.

Brighton have been adamant all month that they will not sell Caicedo midway through the campaign and they have reiterated that stance to both Arsenal and Chelsea in the wake of the former’s £60m offer.

However, their cause was complicated by a public post from Caicedo in which he urged Brighton to sell him before the transfer window closes, insisting he wants to become the Seagulls’ record sale to help them reinvest in their squad.

Caicedo’s message did not reference either Arsenal or Chelsea and 90min understands he would be prepared to join either side if a deal could be struck with Brighton.

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With the pressure up on Brighton, sources have confirmed that the Seagulls are braced for further approaches from both Arsenal and Chelsea, who have not given up hope of signing Caicedo in the coming days.

That being said, Brighton’s message to both sides has been clear. They are not interested in negotiating a sale this month and have not encouraged either Arsenal or Chelsea to make another approach.

Brighton are reluctant to cave into the pressure and believe selling Caicedo at this point, after his public message, would set a dangerous precedent to the rest of the squad, many of whom are also wanted elsewhere.

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Nicolo Zaniolo turns down Bournemouth move

Nicolo Zaniolo has decided against accepting Bournemouth’s offer to move to the Premier League, 90min understands.

The Italian international was the subject of a bid from the Cherries after they were made aware of his possible availability as they closed on a deal for his team-mate Matias Vina.

But while Vina is on his way to England, Zaniolo won’t be joining him at the Vitality Stadium.

AC Milan and Tottenham made loan offers, but both those deals have stalled which opened the door for Bournemouth to make an offer.

Bournemouth offered a deal worth over €30m to Roma, which they accepted. Zaniolo at first refused to even talk terms, but later in the week he asked his agents to listen to the proposal from the Premier League minnows.

They made him an offer to become their highest paid player, but after considering the deal on Friday evening, Zaniolo informed his agents that he would not be taking up the offer.

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The news is not a huge blow to Bournemouth as they always appreciated the chances of landing Zaniolo were small.

Another deal that will not happen for Bournemouth is their move for Nicolas Jackson. The Cherries pulled away from the deal following his medical results.

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