Leeds United to beat Tottenham to Weston McKennie signing, Juventus ace wants Elland Road move
Leeds United are in the “strongest position” to sign Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie following Tottenham’s interest, with the player “very open” to joining this month, according to Ben Jacobs.
The Italian giants were reportedly willing to sell the USA international this month, following their financial crisis and 15-point deduction in Serie A.
And according to Calciomercato [25 January], the player’s agent is in London as he wants to get direct knowledge of the offer made by Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani.
Tottenham Hotspur have been linked [Evening Standard, 22 December] with McKennie in the past, but it seems as though the Whites are in the strongest position to sign him, according to CBS journalist Ben Jacobs writing in his CaughtOffside substack column [25 January].
He said: “Leeds United are very keen on Weston McKennie. Jesse Marsch knows him well, and the reason they want to get him in is because of how effectively he’s played with Tyler Adams for the US Men’s National Team – they know each other very well and Marsch thinks there’s evidence that those two could work together very strongly.
“McKennie is very open to joining Leeds, but other clubs also looked at him over the summer and earlier this January. Spurs thought about a loan, Chelsea had him on their radar for a bit and were quite impressed by his versatility, and Aston Villa also made an enquiry but McKennie wasn’t particularly keen.
“Leeds are in the strongest position at the moment, they’ve got buy-in from McKennie to join, so it’s about agreeing a fee with Juventus – something in the region of €20m has been reported in the past, but I’ve been told pretty consistently that Juventus want €30m or more, so Leeds have to meet their valuation or find a different solution to get a deal done.
Get him in
Considering the player’s undoubted quality and experience at the top level of European and international football, Leeds United must get in McKennie this month.
The 24-year-old would fit in seamlessly in Marsch’s midfield and alongside international teammate Adams, providing them with an extra edge, dynamism and creativity, something they’ve desperately been lacking throughout this campaign.
With Mateusz Klich departing Elland Road, the Whites have been crying out for further reinforcement in midfielder and McKennie seems the perfect solution.
Despite his struggles at Juventus over the past year, he’s still managed to register a decent record of 13 goals and five assists from over 90 appearances for the Old Lady.
Playing with players he knows and a manager who believes in his quality could get him back to his best performances once again, and that could prove pivotal to Marsch’s ambitions of dragging the Whites up the Premier League table.