Sky Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg claims that Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie is open to joining Leeds United before the end of the transfer window – with reports emerging on Tuesday that Leeds are in talks to sign him.

McKennie, 24, is of course well-acquainted with two of our current squad. He partnered USA captain Tyler Adams in his country’s midfield at the World Cup in Qatar. The duo have known eachother for years, McKennie discussing as much.

He also knows Brenden Aaronson well, and of course, Leeds have further American connection. In the form of boss Jesse Marsch, and the fact that the San Francisco 49ers continue to edge their way closer to a majority stake in Leeds.

Gianluca Di Marzio, Sky Italy’s main reporter, claimed on his website on Tuesday that Leeds have opened talks to sign McKennie. Now, Sky Germany man Plettenberg told the Sky Sports’ Transfer Show that McKennie is keen to join us.

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“He’s open to joining Leeds, he’s open to making the next step, he has the same agency as Aaronson, a player of Leeds United,” Plettenberg told Sky Sports’ Transfer Show on Tuesday evening, with McKennie now a priority for the Whites.

Plettenberg: McKennie is open to joining Leeds before end of the window

Leeds need a midfielder. Adams is of course, first choice. Marc Roca started well but his form has dipped. Archie Gray and Darko Gyabi are not yet ready to play a regular role in the middle of the park. Adam Forshaw is still injured.

Leeds have solved their left-back needs, and brought in another attacker – in Max Wober and Georginio Rutter. The next issue, is a lack of strength in depth in midfield. McKennie would be a wonderful signing. A Juventus regular.

Since joining the Old Lady, initially on loan from Schalke in the summer of 2020, he has since gone on to play 96 times for Juventus. He has had a hand in 17 goals. Defensively minded, energetic, but able to get forward and contribute.

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