By Sam Stone

26th Jan, 2023 | 6:40am

Leeds United ready to offer 'expensive' loan-to-buy deal for Juventus star Weston McKennie

Leeds United are in negotiations with Juventus over an “expensive” loan-to-buy deal for midfielder Weston McKennie, according to La Repubblica.

The Whites are currently closing in on the 24-year-old midfielder as they look to take advantage of the chaotic situation at Juventus (Daily Mail, 25 January).

La Repubblica now suggest Leeds are offering to take McKennie on loan with there being an option to buy in the summer.

“McKennie has given his willingness to move to Leeds, who are now in full negotiation with Juventus for the deal formula,” they wrote (25 January).

“Juventus would like a permanent transfer or a loan with an obligation to buy, while Leeds are willing to offer an expensive loan with the right to buy in June, then carefully evaluate the possibility of buying the American midfielder outright only in the summer.”

Statement

The signing of McKennie would be a real statement of intent from the board and a further show of their support for Jesse Marsch. The 24-year-old is wanted by a host of top European clubs and it’s impressive to see Leeds jump to the front of the queue when it comes to the American international.

They’ve clearly taken advantage of Juventus’ dire situation at present and made the most of it. McKennie will provide some stern competition for Marc Roca and his compatriot Tyler Adams in the centre of midfield. A midfield pairing of Adams and McKennie is certainly an exciting prospect and would also be a perfect fit for Marsch’s style.

Marsch has got to find a consistent tune out of this group of players and start delivering three points on a more regular basis. The board and ownership have forked out a considerable amount of money over the past year and they will now be expecting some sort of a return on their investment.

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