Official, confirmed. Weston McKennie joins Leeds United on loan deal from Juventus for €1.2m fee plus €33m buy option clause and add ons. ⚪️ #LUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 30, 2023
Contract signed, deal completed. pic.twitter.com/E2Byg7HisP
The loan deal is reportedly for a €1.2 million fee plus a €33 million buy option clause and add ons that could bring it close to €36 million when it’s all set and done. McKennie would move to the Premier League and join a Leeds side that’s full of Americans, with head coach Jesse Marsch, assistant coach Chris Armas, and midfielders Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson. Leeds is currently in 15th place in the Premier League table and looking to once again avoid relegation with this move.
McKennie leaves a Juventus team that is in turmoil due to scandal and points deductions. In 21 appearances this season across all competitions for the Bianconeri, he has 3 goals and 2 assists. The hope is that at Leeds, with his USMNT teammates in the midfield, there will be a familiarity that can help him get acclimated to life in the Premier League quickly. And, for USMNT fans, the ability to potentially see most of the national team midfield performing together every week is exciting news.
Update: Leeds have made the official announcement welcoming Weston to the team:
He will wear #28 with the club, and he’s already happy to be linking up once again with his longtime friend and USMNT teammate:
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