Weston McKennie has formally agreed to affix to Leeds United of the English Premier League. McKennie and his company confirmed the transfer Monday on Instagram and the USMNT midfielder was seen arriving at Leeds to formally signal his contract.
Leeds has been amongst a number of groups in talks with Juventus over a switch of the 24-year-old, a starter and key participant on the USMNT squad that reached the knockout stage of the 2022 World Cup.
The deal will initially be a mortgage by way of the tip of the 2022-23 membership season, with Leeds having the choice to buy McKennie’s contract completely for 33 million euros ($36 million) in the summertime, per soccer journalist Fabrizio Romano.
McKennie joins a Leeds roster that already has a robust USMNT affect, with fellow Stars And Stripes stars Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson being key gamers on the squad. The membership’s coach, Jessie Marsch, is a Wisconsin native who performed for the USMNT himself 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 club by 2024.
As far as membership measurement and stature goes, Leeds is technically a step down for McKennie, however the general competitors within the Premier League can be higher for McKennie’s growth, particularly if he’s a daily first-team participant like he’s at Juventus. It can also be value noting that Juventus is in a state of peril after being penalized 15 points by the Italian soccer federation for its transfer dealings. Before 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. McKennie joins 18-year-old Portugese defender Diogo Montiero, beforehand of Swiss membership Servette, as one other Leeds United switch addition whereas the membership seems so as to add extra cushion from the relegation zone within the Premier League desk. Leeds United at the moment sits at fifteenth within the Premier League desk at 18 factors, only one level greater than relegation-eligible Bournemouth.
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