Fri. Jun 2nd, 2023

Weston McKennie seems to be heading to Leeds United of the English Premier League, in response to a number of experiences.

Leeds has been amongst a number of groups in talks with Juventus over a switch of the 24-year-old midfielder, a starter and key participant on the USMNT squad that reached the knockout stage of the 2022 World Cup.

In accordance with The Athletic, Leeds and Juventus have a verbal settlement in place on the switch, and McKennie has additionally agreed to private phrases with the EPL facet. The deal will initially be a mortgage, with Leeds having the choice to purchase McKennie’s providers completely in the summertime.

McKennie would be a part of a Leeds roster that already has a powerful USMNT affect, with stars Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson being key gamers on the squad. The membership’s coach, Jess Marsch, performed for the U.S. from 2000 to 2007. American possession group 49ers Enterprises — which owns the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers — can also be anticipated to take over the membership by 2024.

So far as membership dimension and stature goes, Leeds technically can be a step-down for McKennie, however the general competitors within the Premier League can be higher for McKennie’s growth, particularly if he is an everyday first-team participant like he’s at Juventus. It is also value noting that Juventus is in a state of peril after being penalized 15 factors by the Italian soccer federation for its switch dealings. Earlier than the penalty, Juventus was third in Serie A; they’re now within the backside half of the league.

The January switch window closes at 6 p.m. ET on Jan. 31. Given the present state of Juventus and the extent of curiosity in McKennie, a switch is smart for McKennie on this window — whether or not it is to Leeds or elsewhere within the Premier League.

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