By Daniel Feliciano

17th Oct, 2022 | 6:40pm

Leeds United want to sign Weston McKennie, face competition from Champions League clubs

Leeds are one of several clubs interested in signing Juventus and USA midfielder Weston McKennie, according to journalist Simon Phillips.

McKennie was linked with a move to Elland Road briefly during the summer [The Sun, 18 December 2021], but ultimately stayed in Serie A but has lost his place as a regular starter under Max Allegri this season.

Now clubs are ready to test their resolve to keep him, and writing on his Substack [16 October], Phillips named the Whites as one of several clubs monitoring his situation at the Allianz Stadium ahead of the January and summer transfer windows.

“Chelsea are monitoring Juventus midfielder Weston Mckennie,” he said.

“Many clubs are monitoring the 24-year-old though. Chelsea join Manchester United, Tottenham, Newcastle, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, Leeds United, and Aston Villa in being interested in the versatile midfielder.”

Engine

If there is one thing that Leeds aren’t missing in their side it’s an engine, but that doesn’t mean they can’t improve upon it and McKennie would certainly be that.

The USA international midfielder has made a name for himself as a strong box-to-box threat, with strong tackling, good passing and a bit of a goal threat too.

Currently Leeds’ first-choice midfielders are Marc Roca and Tyler Adams, but once they’re unavailable the lack of depth in the position shines through and McKennie’s arrival would be a superb addition to a squad getting stronger and stronger.

Just like in attack where there are different profiles and options available to Marsch, this would be similar and his style means rotation will be key as we enter the latter part of the season.

How much he’d cost or whether he’d even be interested in the move is unknown, but Leeds will be in the mix if he becomes available despite the teams they’d be competing with to get it done.

In other Leeds news, Richard Keys was furious with the officials in the defeat to Arsenal