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Arsenal plotting Leeds United transfer hijack as agent arrives in UK with Elland Road in mind

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Arsenal are reportedly trying to hijack Leeds United’s deal to sign Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie this month.

The Whites did very well early in the window to conclude vital business at both ends of the pitch as they sealed the signings of Max Wöber for £10million and Georginio Rutter for a fee rising to £36million.

Up next Leeds in the final six days of the window is to sign a midfielder, and Juventus’ Weston McKennie is the player being targeted.

It has been reported today by Fabrizio Romano that Leeds have agreed on personal terms with the 24-year-old, and all that now stands in the way of a total agreement is the two clubs shaking hands over a fee.

Sky Sports’ Florian Plettenberg reported that a deal could cost Leeds between €30-40million to take him from Juventus, but the Whites now have company in their attempts to land him.

Now, Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness) are claiming that Arsenal are looking to hijack Leeds’ negotiations for the midfielder.

At present, their moves for McKennie have not materialised beyond scouting the player, with the report underlining that the Gunners would be successful if their monitoring of the situation turned into a “concrete lunge” for the player.

Meanwhile, Calciomercato are claiming that the player’s agent is in London in order to pursue the offer on the table by Leeds.

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McKennie would definitely be a good signing, and one that I think the club know they need to get done quickly.

There have been plenty of teams linked with a move for McKennie in the last month or so, and a big fish like Arsenal circling is not ideal.

Whether or not this is just an agent or club leaking information to drive prices up remains to be seen, but the fact he has agreed personal terms with us is a big step.

I’d be shocked if we didn’t get a deal done from here on.

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Leeds United season ticket holder since 2013/14, currently situated in the middle of the FA5 noise. From Pablo Hernandez to 5-1 drubbings, I've seen it all at Elland Road.

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