In a move that comes as no surprise, Juventus has “exercised the option right for the definitive acquisition“ of Weston McKennie from FC Schalke, extending his loan into a permanent transfer. The Italian giants will pay 18.5 million euros, which may increase by an additional 6.5 million euros if certain contractual conditions are met. His deal with the club lasts through June of 2025.
McKennie has exceeded all expectations since joining Juventus in August. He’s scored five goals in 31 appearances and lifted the Italian Super Cup, impressing with his play. Although his time in Italy has been brief, the 22-year-old is already the highest-scoring American in Serie A history. Despite lingering injury issues, Andrea Pirlo views the versatile midfielder as an “important player” for the 36-time Italian champions.
“Weston McKennie is getting better even though he has been battling with minor injuries this year,” the Juventus manager shared after a recent victory over Spezia Calcio. “I keep talking with the medical staff and even though he should rest more, we need him on the field as much as possible.”
McKennie native has emerged as a key figure at the club and international level, part of a growing core of American players succeeding at prestigious clubs. He’s made 21 appearances for the senior national team and scored six goals. Last December, the Texas native was named the 2020 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year.
With his relative future secured at one of the world’s biggest clubs, expectations will be higher than ever for him to succeed with the national team. As the 2022 World Cup inches ever closer, Weston McKennie should play an important role during qualifying. He already served as captain during the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final and has been cited by teammates as one of the leaders in the locker room.