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Breakfast Debate The #LUFC Breakfast Debate (Thursday 26th January) Leeds close in on McKennie with €28m bid

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Good Morning. It's Thursday 26th January, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Leeds close in on McKennie with €28m bid

International Sky Sports reporter Gianluca Di Marzio has revealed that Leeds have made a €28m (£24.6m) bid for Juve midfielder Weston McKennie, £6m short of their £30m valuation. The Old Lady has crippling debts of over €250, and need to sell players, to stay afloat. Allegations of fraud, and mismanagement have left the Turin based club, with its back to the wall, with little wriggle room for maneuver.

Di Marzio describes the bid as an initial offer, and feels that 'the gap seems to be bridgeable with bonuses'. It is believed that Victor Orta has a good working relationship with his Juventus counterparts, and as McKennie has already agreed to the move, a deal is not too far away.





McKennie or Ounahi

Phil Hay has written an interesting piece this morning on who should replace Mateusz Klich - Azzedine Ounahi or Weston McKennie. Ounahi rose to prominence during last months World Cup. His performances in particular were instrumental in helping Morocco reach the Semi Finals , before being knocked out by France.

The 22 year old is agile, and has excellent dribbling skills and outstanding tactical awareness. He's a no nonsense tackler, despite his slim build and is difficult to disposes. One report describes him as gliding across the pitch like teflon. Following his performances in Qatar, his price tag has doubled to £20m

McKennie's favourite position is at No 8, he's a box to box midfielder with a big engine. He too, goes in hard with his tackles, and will continually nip at the heels of the opposition. He likes to get forward, though he'll also track back and defend when needed. He can play anywhere in midfield. Juve want £30m for the 24 year old. According to Hay...

Ounahi’s value has changed markedly in the past few months, which might explain why Victor Orta, Leeds’ director of football, said in an interview with Spanish media before Christmas that the 22-year-old’s stellar performances for Morocco at the World Cup had been a surprise to many in recruitment circles, not least him. Ounahi was good but it had taken the tournament in Qatar to suggest he was that good.

Whereas Angers were talking about a fee of around £10million in the summer window, the price now would be closer to £20million, if not slightly higher. Faced with that valuation, Leeds have not progressed talks with Angers or Ounahi’s camp to an advanced stage yet.

McKennie, 24, is also someone Leeds have had a speculative eye on over the years. They considered trying to sign him while his star was rising at Schalke in Germany, although Juventus took him in 2020, on loan initially, then as part of a permanent package costing £15million.

McKennie has made 70 Serie A appearances and has further experience in the Champions League, featuring this season in a side who are possession-based and patient in their play, very different in style to Jesse Marsch’s team at Leeds. He can play box-to-box or in a deeper midfield role and, like Ounahi, Leeds see ways in which he would slot into their line-up.




Drameh set for Luton medical

Cody Drameh is set to undergo a medical at Luton Town in the next 24 hours in a bid for first team football. The highly talented right-back has failed to break into Jesse Marsch's starting line up, but recent reports of an attitude change, have at least ensured that the 21 year old has a future at Elland Road.

Leeds will keep a close eye on his development at Kenilworth Road, and have booked sit down talks with him during the Summer regarding his future. Currently, he has 18 months left on his contract. Cardiff and Preston are considering a late push for the England U21 International, but may be too late.


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Re: The #LUFC Breakfast Debate (Thursday 26th January) Leeds close in on McKennie with €28m bid

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Before the World Cup I knew nothing of McKennie or Ounahi so it's difficult for me to judge.
Based purely on what I saw of them, I would go for Ounahi.
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Re: The #LUFC Breakfast Debate (Thursday 26th January) Leeds close in on McKennie with €28m bid

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McKennie has been spoken up for years but he clearly flopped at Juve. Not sure why they will still make millions on him.

Marsch has got huge backing from the club in the transfer market. Hopefully it works out.
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Mountain wrote: Thu Jan 26, 2023 9:22 am McKennie has been spoken up for years but he clearly flopped at Juve. Not sure why they will still make millions on him.

Marsch has got huge backing from the club in the transfer market. Hopefully it works out.
Don't think flop is quite fair

He was really good in his first season, Andrea Pirlo of all people is a big fan (was his manager when he first joined).

Still plays fairly regularly.

His problem seems to be fitness/attitude related.

Don't think he has always taken his fitness very seriously.

Bit chunky in some pics.

Besides how good do you have to be when your replacing Greenwood and Forshaw.
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Seems we're all in on this American dream thanks to Orta, it's making me puke.

McKennie yes, on a loan to buy only, it's too risky as Aaronson seems to be proving.

Punani - Yes, long term punt and preferred to the doodle dandy, £17m and raise the money by selling on the amazeballs Costa for £20m (well done again Victor with that one) where's he currently gathering cobwebs ?
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Kennyb41 wrote: Thu Jan 26, 2023 10:38 am ...the amazeballs Costa for £20m (well done again Victor with that one) where's he currently gathering cobwebs ?
In August 2022 Costa joined Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad on loan for the duration of the 2022-23 season

Gets to rub shoulder with Christiano in the Saudi El Classico ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_El_Clasico ). I am sure his value is rocketing!
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Clitheroe White wrote: Thu Jan 26, 2023 12:22 pm In August 2022 Costa joined Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad on loan for the duration of the 2022-23 season
Accrington Ittihad, who are they ?

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Maybe we get both players !!
For me, if WM is a slow the game down type player, where exactly does he fit into JMs system !!
Ounhani has class, but we all know a good WC dosen't make a good player.
CD, at least it's a loan deal, not too impressed by Rasmus yet, he looks like a CH itching to bomb forward, if LA is injured we are back to limited cover again.
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Re: The #LUFC Breakfast Debate (Thursday 26th January) Leeds close in on McKennie with €28m bid

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Looks like Arse are in the driving seat
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Everton chair Farhad Moshiri is intent on persuading Marcelo Bielsa to take the job despite the Argentine's reservations, having already convinced the former Leeds United manager to fly to England for talks
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Leeds close in on McKennie with €28m bid.

Why so much money when Juve are on their Arse (pun intended). There was only mu who took pity on us when we were in a similar position with RF. I think the deals in the bag its just a case of posturing on their side.

McKennie or Ounahi.

I will go with McKennie cos he sounds Scootish. Other than that i know nowt about either, but playing for your country is a different kettle of fish to PL football. And it sounds like he's not interested to me, or at least holding out for the best deal whereas WM seems keen as English mustard.

Drameh set for Luton medical.

Good luck to the kid we will see you in the summer when something will have to give at RB or else you will be sold.
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Ellandback1 wrote: Thu Jan 26, 2023 5:05 pm Everton chair Farhad Moshiri is intent on persuading Marcelo Bielsa to take the job despite the Argentine's reservations, having already convinced the former Leeds United manager to fly to England for talks
Wtf? We flew out to him to hold talks. He didn't fly to us.
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andrewjohnsmith wrote: Thu Jan 26, 2023 7:17 pm Wtf? We flew out to him to hold talks. He didn't fly to us.
That thought did cross my mind.

In one of those Amazon documentary things, one of Radz or Orta (can’t remember which) said Bielsa was testing their resolve to get him by making them come out to him. Maybe Everton are doing the same to him.
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