What’s the talk?
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed that the Whites are in discussions with Italian giants Juventus over a potential swoop to sign the USA international before the end of the month.
Should Leeds sign Weston McKennie?
Romano Tweeted: “Talks ongoing between Leeds United and Juventus on conditions of Weston McKennie deal. Discussions also on player side over personal terms. # The other option for Leeds is Azzedine Ounahi from Angers.”
It has been reported that the Serie A side are looking for a fee in the region of €30m (£26.5m) for the former Schalke warrior and it remains to be seen how much the Whites are willing to pay for his services.
Bye-bye Adam Forshaw?
Victor Orta and Jesse Marsch could ditch current Leeds midfielder Adam Forshaw from the squad by securing a deal to sign McKennie in the coming days.
The Whites sporting director must now ensure that these latest talks with Juventus are successful as the energetic midfielder could be an excellent addition to the squad, whilst allowing the club to part ways with one of their underperforming players.
In the Premier League this season, Forshaw has averaged a Sofascore rating of 6.48 across five appearances. This comes after he averaged a score of 6.73 in 22 outings in the English top-flight during the 2021/22 campaign – ranking no higher than 13th in the squad in either season.
Leeds could ditch the 31-year-old midfielder by signing McKennie as the American dynamo is seven years younger than the ex-Middlesbrough man and has shown signs of promise in Italy and Germany.
In the Serie A last season, the 24-year-old averaged a Sofascore rating of 6.85 across 21 appearances for Juventus. He made 2.1 tackles and interceptions per game and chipped in with three goals from the middle of the park, which shows that the gem can make an impact at both ends of the pitch.
McKennie, who was once dubbed “underrated” by scout Jacek Kulig, also averaged a Sofascore rating of 6.83 and made 3.0 tackles and interceptions per outing in his final campaign for Schalke in the Bundesliga, proving that he has been able to perform in two major European divisions.
Therefore, the gem, who has been capped 41 times by his country, could be a superb addition to Leeds’ squad in the short-term, given his performance ratings in comparison to Forshaw’s, and in the long-term as he has time on his side to grow and improve under Marsch’s coaching.