Manchester City Women are in talks to sign American superstar Rose Lavelle as they target Champions League success.
Lavelle would be the second USWNT international to sign for the Citizens after it was announced Sam Mewis would join Gareth Taylor’s squad.
According to Meg Linehan of The Athletic, Mewis has agreed to a one-year deal with an option to extend. Lavelle was offered a similar deal by the Manchester club.
However, the 25-year-old is said to be ‘weighing her options’ as current side Washington Spirit have also made her a new offer.
Man City made it to the Champions League semi-finals in back-to-back seasons. However, they failed to advance further, falling to Lyon in both years.
The addition of Lavelle and Mewis to the midfield could take the team to the next level.
Lavelle broke out at last year’s World Cup in France where she helped lead the team to their fourth victory at the tournament.
Her goal against the Netherlands in the final was arguably the highlight of the entire competition.
She went on to win the Bronze Ball and was also eighth in the 2019 Ballon d’Or rankings.
Signing both Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis would be quite the coup for Taylor in his first year as head coach of Manchester City Women.
He will replace Nick Cushing at the helm and inherit a squad that were unfortunate to finish second in the 2019/20 Women’s Super League.
Cushing led City to a strong final campaign, only losing the title to Chelsea because the season ended early due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Taylor already signed a hat-trick of Lionesses in Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood and Chloe Kelly recently.
Mewis, and the potential transfer of Lavelle, would only add to the already star-studded City squad.
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