By Craig Scott

24th Jan, 2023 | 5:41pm

£35.2m update emerges in Leeds United bid to sign Weston McKennie, Juventus ace wants Elland Road transfer - Sky Sports

Weston McKennie is open to joining Leeds United from Juventus this month but it could cost the Yorkshire club up to £35.2million to seal a deal, according to Florian Plettenberg.

Speaking on Sky Sports News on Tuesday (24 January, 5:20pm), the Sky Sports Germany journalist reported that Borussia Dortmund have been linked with the 24-year-old USA international, who shares agents with Elland Road ace Brenden Aaronson.

However, it is understood that Texas-born McKennie doesn’t want to join Dortmund but would consider moving to Leeds to link up with fellow Americans Jesse Marsch, Aaronson and Tyler Adams.

Speaking on Sky Sports News’ Transfer Show on Tuesday (24 January, 5:20pm), Plettenberg said: “He’s a transfer target of Leeds and he’s open to joining Leeds, he’s open to the next step.

“He has the same agency as Brenden Aaronson but we hear of a price tag of around €30million (£26.4m) to €40million (£35.2m), Juventus is demanding for McKennie.

“We (Sky Sports Germany) have considered McKennie because he’s been linked to Borussia Dortmund but we hear has nothing to do with Dortmund. But he’s open to joining another club and maybe it’s Leeds.”

American takeover

With 49ers Enterprises looking set to complete a takeover at Leeds this year, the American feeling at Elland Road is continuing to grow.

It won’t be long before the Billy Bremner statue is replaced by the Statue of Liberty and Marching on Together is replaced by Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen.

Marsch, Adams, Aaronson and potentially McKennie could all be at Leeds by the end of the month, with 49ers chief Parag Marathe replacing Andrea Radrizzani as chairman later this year.

Is it a good thing?

It’s hard to argue that it’s not a good thing that we’ll have increased exposure in the USA and, hopefully, more money as a result.

But we’ve seen Aaronson’s form dip since the World Cup while Adams isn’t playing as well as he was before. And there are still huge doubts about Marsch among some sections of the support.

McKennie isn’t just a ‘Red Bull’ American player or manager though.

He’s spent his entire professional career with Schalke in the Bundesliga and Juventus in Serie A.

The central midfielder, who’s started 13 of Juventus’ 19 league games this season, could be a good signing.

But it won’t be cheap, unfortunately, which makes us doubt whether it’ll happen.

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