Weston McKennie has been available for the entirety of the window, and after turning down a few destinations, Leeds United are now in the lead to capture him. Unlike previous suitors, the midfielder is keen on Whites since they have an American coach and various members of the USMNT in their squad, Sky reports.
The Premier League side now has to agree with Juventus on the fee. His departure had also been stalled by the recent legal troubles of the Old Lady. They are operative now, having installed a new board of directors and filled out the various positions.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Leeds United have done more groundwork, but Arsenal are after McKennie as well. The Bianconeri want around €30M to part ways with the versatile midfielder. They could settle for €25M plus €5M add-ons.
Per Gianluca Di Marzio, the Old Lady doesn’t necessarily plan to replace him since they have a few young prospects in the role. Instead, they have zeroed in on Emil Holm for the right flank, more for the summer than for January, though.
Our Take on McKennie and Leeds United
He’s one of the few players Juventus could profit on without hurting their team. They have all the interest in pitting sides against each other to drive up his price tag. Getting his seal of approval was a problem for other outfits, but the time might finally be ripe.
With Ivan Fresneda most likely headed elsewhere, which has always been apparent given his cost and the competition, Holm is a solid and more believable fallback. It wouldn’t be surprising if they reinvested the money right away since they still have a need at the position.
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