Premier League goalkeeper linked with Leeds United switch, Whites summer academy recruitment plan outlined - key headlines

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Friday, 28th May 2021, 9:08 am
Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa. Pic: Getty

Friday's Premier League rumours

English goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, 28, says his future is in West Brom's hands despite being linked with a £20m move to Leeds United or West Ham. (the i)

Manchester City want to sign Aston Villa and England midfielder Jack Grealish and are prepared to make the 25-year-old English football's first £100m player. (Mail)

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Solskjaer is set for a new three-year contract at Old Trafford, despite United's Europa League final defeat by Villarreal. (Telegraph)

Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who left Inter Milan on Wednesday, is interested in the Tottenham job. (Guardian)

You can read Friday's full rumour mill here

Whites Under-23s summer recruitment plan

Leeds United plan another round of recruitment for Mark Jackson’s newly-promoted Under-23s side, with loan departures possible for a number of last season’s squad.

Just like the summer of 2020 the Whites are planning to add three or four new faces to the squad that will take its place in the Premier League 2 top flight.

Promotion will pit the Thorp Arch youngsters against elite Category 1 academies including this season’s runaway Under-23s champions Manchester City, Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester United.

You can read the full story on the academy plans here

Leeds reveal retained list

A total of 15 players will leave Leeds United when their contracts expire this summer, including a number of Thorp Arch youngsters.

The Whites have submitted their retained list to the Premier League, confirming they will say goodbye to Gaetano Berardi, along with players who have not been part of Marcelo Bielsa's Thorp Arch set-up since his arrival, namely Ouasim Bouy and Eunan O'Kane.

You can read the full list here

Gjanni Alioski's future still undecided

Gjanni Alioski remains in negotiations over his Leeds United future and has not signed a pre-contract agreement elsewhere.

The YEP understands that reports suggesting the left-back had already signed a commitment to join Galatasaray are inaccurate and this week he sat down for talks with Leeds after the conclusion of the 2020/21 Premier League season.

You can read the full story here

Leeds United's 'Take Us Home' anthem released

The Leeds film studio behind the acclaimed Amazon Prime documentary Take Us Home has released limited edition vinyls of the series' title track.

Recorded by singer-songwriter and avid Leeds United fan Ellen Smith, the moving single accompanied the second series of The City Talking's documentary which tracked the club's promotion to the Premier League.

The acoustic ballad captures the highs and lows of supporting Leeds over the decade and a half since their relegation from the top flight.

It has been pressed onto just 1,000 7" white vinyl records for a limited run to celebrate the club's success in the 2020/21 season.

You can read the full story here