Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport claim Arsenal have made a late move to sign Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie amid reports that Leeds United are closing in on the signing of the United States midfielder – to partner Tyler Adams.
McKennie, 24, has been a regular for Juventus over the past two and a half years. He has played just four games shy of 100 for Juventus, having a hand in 17 goals. But he has also been constantly linked with a move to the Premier League.
Sky Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg said McKennie wants to join Leeds. Now, Fabrizio Romano says McKennie has agreed to move to Elland Road. However, CDS say that Leeds are not alone in their pursuit of the ex-Schalke star.
Arsenal have already brought in Leandro Trossard and Jakub Kiwior, spending around £40million. Now, they want more midfield depth and the Premier League champions have made their move. It is believed McKennie will cost £26million.
Arsenal make late McKennie move amid Leeds reports of a January deal
So, which club needs him more – Arsenal or Leeds? Well, the Gunners will want to maintain their wonderful Premier League campaign and continue to sit at the top of the table. They may struggle, with the Europa League incoming.
The Gunners are one of the favourites to win the trophy and will want to be competitive. So, in order to stand a chance of doing both – they need strength in depth. McKennie can replace Thomas Partey, or Granit Xhaka further ahead.
Albert Sambi Lokonga is not good enough. But at Leeds, McKennie would not be a bit-part player. He starts alongside Adams week in, week out. McKennie has discussed his relationship with Adams in the past. Leeds is his right move.
To work under an American in Jesse Marsch and to have US teammates in Aaronson and Adams, McKennie would fit right in at home. Yes, he would cost £26million but Leeds have learned from mistakes. January is an important window.