By George Overhill

29th Jan, 2023 | 3:40pm

Weston McKennie due to fly in for Leeds United signing, appears at Juventus vs Monza

Weston McKennie is signing autographs and greeting fans at Juventus vs Monza ahead of his flight to become Leeds United player, Marco Conterio reports.

An agreement has finally been struck between the Whites and the Old Lady for a loan-to-buy deal that is likely to see the 24-year-old become a permanent signing at the end of the season.

He has been left out of the squad for the Serie A meeting as he is set to catch a flight to England later on Sunday (29 January) but has apparently still appeared at the game in Turin.

The Tutto Mercato editor Conterio reported via Twitter on Sunday afternoon: “Weston McKennie now in Turin for Juventus Monza. Autographs and greetings, then to England.

“Visits tomorrow and signs with Leeds. Loan of 1.2, 33 million for redemption and obligation linked to salvation LUFC and 10 appearances.”

Converted into Sterling the £1million loan fee and £30million permanent fee would appear likely to break the club transfer record again once it is done.

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Leeds United fans just want this one sealed after extensive negotiations over the past few days, but with the flight not due until later this afternoon they are going to have to wait a bit longer.

When a verbal agreement is reached but nothing has yet been signed there is always the fear that something could derail proceedings.

There doesn’t seem to be any indication of that with McKennie, as the American midfielder was quickly convinced of the move to Elland Road even before the deal was made between the clubs.

He has made almost 100 appearances for the Italian giants in the past two and a half years so this is his final opportunity to say goodbye before signing on in West Yorkshire.

The conditions in the deal indicate how both clubs expect this to be a permanent arrangement, with only the disaster of relegation or a major injury likely to mean the conditions to turn this into an obligation aren’t met.

There is a lot to like about the Whites’ transfer window, although there were also plenty of positives from the summer spend and they still have the club close to the relegation zone.

But now, with the gaps left open from the start of September seemingly plugged it is up to Jesse Marsch to get his line ups and tactics right, in order to make the most of his options and push up the table.

In other Leeds United news, this deal could still be renegotiated despite agreement already being reached according to Sky Sports in Italy.