By Daniel Feliciano

24th Jan, 2023 | 1:10pm

Juventus set £17.6m price tag as Leeds United make contact to sign Weston McKennie

Leeds United can sign Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie for around £17.6m this month, according to a report by the Daily Mail.

The Whites have already opened talks with the Serie A giants over a winter move according to Sky Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio, with all parties open to a deal this month.

And now it’s been reported that Juventus want to receive between €20-25m (£17.6-22.2m) for McKennie, with a host of Premier League clubs interested in the USMNT midfielder.

“The Italian giants value the 24-year-old American between £18million and £22m and could be tempted to sell him for a deal in that range, plus add-ons, to raise funds for manager Massimiliano Allegri,” they wrote (24 January).

Doable

Leeds have spent a lot of money this month on bringing in Max Wober from Salzburg and Georginio Rutter from Hoffenheim in a club-record deal.

But there is clearly still money to spend with a bid of around £25m made to Angers for Morocco international Azzedine Ounahi, although that deal has failed to progress in recent weeks.

McKennie is a far more proven talent than Ounahi having played in the Bundesliga and Serie A, as well as in the Champions League and at international level for a number of years.

For a fee that is similar, there isn’t much between the two players at all and both would greatly improve the midfield options at Elland Road for Jesse Marsch.

With Mateusz Klich having left, there is an open spot in the squad for Leeds to fill and McKennie would be a fantastic option to come in for a more than fair price. A rare occasion where a deal makes sense for all.

In other Leeds news, “high likelihood” that Leeds complete another signing before the window closes according to Phil Hay.