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Rangers ready to lure Leeds talent to Ibrox in move to jettison January suitors from transfer battle

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Leeds United could send Crysencio Summerville north of the border to Rangers after reports suggested the Scottish side have more means to sign him than Hamburg.

Hamburg tried to take Summerville from Leeds United in the January transfer window. In fact, the winger made it clear to then-manager Marcelo Bielsa that he wanted to leave the West Yorkshire outfit.

However, although Bielsa was willing to grant him his exit wish, the move collapsed. Now, though, doubts remain as to whether Summerville will be a part of the new Leeds United era under Jesse Marsch.

Summerville made his first appearance under Marsch as a late substitute in Saturday’s win over Watford. Before that, he had not featured since an FA Cup loss to West Ham in January.

And of his nine appearances in all competitions this season, only one has been a start. That came in the Carabao Cup against Fulham in September.

At the age of 20, there should still be patience with Summerville from Leeds. What works against them, though, is the fact he is out of contract in 2023.

That means they may have to let the former Feyenoord youngster go this summer if they are to recoup a fee. Recently, Frankfurter Rundschau revealed he should have two options if he is to leave Leeds.

The first is the existing interest from Hamburg. They currently operate in the German second tier and sit in sixth place after 28 games. A top-three finish would be the minimum requirement to have any chance of promotion.

But a move to Germany could give Summerville a better chance of finding the regular gametime that is evading him at Elland Road.

Factors work in Rangers’ favour for Summerville

Alternatively, his second suitors – according to the report – are Rangers. The Scottish giants are believed to be ahead of Hamburg, too.

That partially stems from the fact they already play in the top tier of football in their country. What’s more, they will likely even have European football on offer for next season.

And financially, Rangers are also in a better position to compete for Summerville, unless Hamburg can make some sales to accommodate him. Any asking price for the winger is not clear yet, though.

But it seems Summerville could continue his career in Glasgow instead of Germany. Whether Leeds would come back to see him as a missed opportunity, only time will tell.

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Official ‘has landed in London’ – Transfer talks with Chelsea first on agenda, wants to know feasibility of signing

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Transfer excitement is building at Juventus, and the Turin club appear to be at the stage of the transfer where many things are deemed possible and optimism is all around.

Thursday’s edition of Gazzetta dello Sport has a big article on the possibility of the club signing Jorginho from Chelsea. This is a transfer rumour which goes back years and has, at times, been fuelled by the midfielder’s own agent… who is always happy to speak to the Italian media.

Gazzetta report Juventus official Federico Cherubini ‘has landed in London’ as he seeks to have transfer talks about incomings and outgoings. First on his agenda is a chat with Chelsea about the possibility of signing Jorginho.

The Serie A side are also keen on Paul Pogba, and the idea right now is to work out if signing both players is possible.

According to the claims, Juventus have been in contact with Jorginho’s camp for months, which would be to the surprise of nobody.

Given the 30-year-old’s contract expires in June 2023, they’ll be hope Chelsea would sell for a reasonable fee.

The Blues stance isn’t yet known, and that’s what the meeting should establish.

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Paul Heckingbottom outlines Sheffield United transfer wish

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Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom wants to address six or seven positions during the summer window, making this revelation to The Star following their play-off semi-final defeat to Nottingham Forest.

The 44-year-old will be keen for the Blades to act more swiftly in the market than they did last summer under Slavisa Jokanovic, only being able to get deals over the line in August despite Slavisa Jokanovic being appointed way back in May.

Bringing in Ben Davies, Morgan Gibbs-White, Conor Hourihane and Robin Olsen before recruiting Adlene Guedioura the following month, they addressed their previous lack of central midfield options and already had plenty of forward but found themselves short in other areas.

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One area they were particularly light was in the wing position with Jokanovic opting to move away from a back-three system, a decision that arguably cost the Serbian his job with a lack of orthodox options out wide stifling their process under the two-time Championship promotion-winning manager.

Heckingbottom has decided against utilising advanced wide players during his time in charge at Bramall Lane thus far, but still wants to address ‘six or seven’ areas going into the new second-tier campaign, with one of those confirmed to be the goalkeeping department.

However, it’s currently unclear what budget he will have with the South Yorkshire side currently the subject of a takeover bid from American businessman Henry Mauriss.

The Verdict:

Starting from the back, Heckingbottom seems to be keen on retaining Davies and that certainly isn’t a bad stance to take considering how well the Welshman would probably step up to the plate if Wes Foderingham was ruled out of action.

One more option at right wing-back could be beneficial though depending on Ben Osborn’s future – and similar applies with the left side with Max Lowe potentially moving on permanently from Bramall Lane in the summer.

It’s the centre-back position that requires the most surgery out of those positions though with Filip Uremovic’s future uncertain, Charlie Goode returning to Brentford, Davies returning to Liverpool and Jack O’Connell potentially not ready to return.

A couple of options will probably be needed in midfield with Hourihane and Gibbs-White both departing, with a replacement for the latter particularly important because of the Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee’s impact at Bramall Lane during 2021/22. Sander Berge’s future will also determine who they will need.

Up top, David McGoldrick is set to depart on the expiration of his contract and that could persuade Heckingbottom to recruit a replacement, especially if Daniel Jebbison is made available for another loan or they want to try and cash in on Oli McBurnie, though it may be difficult to offload him at this stage.

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