Leeds United are closing in on another signing this January transfer window…
It’s now on the two sides to negotiate a suitable fee, with some reports suggesting that the Old Lady are asking for around €25m (£22m).
“Weston McKennie has accepted Leeds United contract proposal, personal terms are not an issue – it’s on Leeds and Juventus now,” he tweeted. “The two clubs are discussing on conditions of the deal to understand how to proceed in new round of talks.”
The Whites hierarchy cannot be accused of not backing their man as McKennie would be the third sizeable addition to Jesse Marsch‘s playing squad this month, joining the £11m acquisition of Max Wober and new club-record signing Georginio Rutter.
After the departure of bit-part player Mateusz Klich to the MLS a couple of weeks ago, the need for midfield reinforcements has increased and the Juve star makes for an interesting option.
The 24-year-old from Fort Lewis, Washington, would need little time to settle in because he’ll be joining his compatriot and USMNT engine room partner Tyler Adams at Elland Road.
Over the past five years, the duo have created a formidable unit in the heart of the Stars and Stripes midfield, playing as many as 24 matches together, in which they have only been on the losing side on six occasions, via Transfermarkt.
This frighteningly strong partnership – which was dubbed “beast“-like by editor Larry Henry Jr – even saw the US pick up their first-ever CONCACAF Nations League trophy back in June 2021, defeating Mexico.
Leeds supporters have already seen what Adams offers, averaging a whopping 4.18 tackles and 1.35 interceptions per 90 in the Premier League this term but the versatile McKennie can do it all and could well be the missing link between the midfield and the attack, having created three big chances, despite a lack of game time this term – on top of an average of 1.45 shot-creating actions per 90 too.
Both players excel with ball retention, so they’ll make Leeds a much more resolute outfit in keeping possession and bringing the game to the opposition.
Therefore, director of football Victor Orta could hand Marsch a titan-like midfield cohort by signing the “ball-winning machine” – in the words of professional footballer Sebastian Velasquez – to play alongside Leeds’ current “engine” in Adams – as once dubbed by analyst Statman Dave.