Leeds United are reportedly in talks to sign Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie this month as the Whites look to improve their options in the middle of the park – but landing McKennie all but ends Adam Forshaw‘s Elland Road stint.
Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Leeds are in talks to sign Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson’s USA teammate. Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport claim that McKennie would cost a fee between £17.5m and £21.5m. Leeds are keen.
McKennie would be a quality signing for Leeds. A player that has clocked up just four games shy of 100 appearances for Juventus, since joining two and a half years ago. He has more than 40 caps for USA. He looks like he suits Leeds.
His energy, his box-to-box nature and his relationship with Adams – which he has discussed – makes him the ideal midfield addition. But what does it mean for current Leeds midfielder Forshaw, who remains on the sidelines injured?
Leeds landing McKennie all but ends Forshaw’s Elland Road stint
Forshaw, 31, is out of contract at the end of the season. But the ex-Middlesbrough man’s injuries have persisted. While he is over the two-year hip issue that stunted his career – he is still picking up knocks. He recently had a procedure.
The midfielder has managed to make the Leeds squad in the League this season just seven times, out of a possible 19. Only five League appearances and only two from the start. Leeds have the option to extend Forshaw’s stay by a year.
But he finds himself behind Tyler Adams and Marc Roca. In a 4-3-3 system, he is also behind the likes of Jack Harrison, Sam Greenwood and Brenden Aaronson in midfield. McKennie would push him even further down the pecking order.
So, while Leeds could keep him at the club for another season, you would argue that McKennie arriving ends any chance of Leeds extending his stay by a year. It is already in doubt, but McKennie signing would be a nail in the coffin.