Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Leeds United are set to sign Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie on loan and this deal will include a buy option.
McKennie has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent days. This follows his impressive performances for the United States at the World Cup.
The midfielder has only been a bit-part player for Juventus this season though and they are looking to let go of some of their squad players before the transfer window closes next week.
Arsenal have been linked with him in recent days as it is known that they are in the market for a new midfielder.
But Leeds have been the club leading the race to sign him. Them having Jesse Marsch and Tyler Adams is likely helping them persuade their compatriot into a move to Elland Road.
Ben Jacobs reported on Friday that Leeds are “in advanced discussions” over the signing but they “fear another club coming in”.
“Leeds in advanced discussions on Weston McKennie. McKennie has spoken to Jesse Marsch, who sees him operating effectively with Tyler Adams,” Jacobs wrote via Twitter.
“Broad consensus over guaranteed fee & talks continue over total package. As reported, Juve want over €30m. McKennie is Leeds’ top priority.
“Leeds know they need to move fast. Although no other Premier League team has attempted a serious hijack to date, Leeds do fear another club comes in, hence why they want a deal wrapped up urgently.”
The Athletic’s David Ornstein later provided an update. He took to Twitter to state that Nottingham Forest are “among the clubs” considering a move to “hijack the proposed signing” of the Juventus midfielder.
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri confirmed on Saturday morning that McKennie will not be considered for selection when they face Serie A rivals Monza on Sunday.
“McKennie will not be available tomorrow because he is at the centre of a negotiation. I think the club has already found an agreement with his new team and therefore he won’t be there tomorrow.”
He added: “There will be no reinforcements on the market, if McKennie was to leave there will be Cuadrado, De Sciglio, Soulé, who can also play from outside. If necessary, we will be able to change the structure. The important thing is to recover everyone.”
Fabrizio Romano has since given McKennie to Leeds the “here we go” treatment via Twitter.
He adds: “Leeds will pay €1.2m loan fee — deal will include buy option clause for €33m plus add ons.”
Romano notes that Leeds chief Andrea Radrizzani “unlocked the deal” with Juventus through the night and the player has already agreed personal terms.
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