The Lowdown: McKennie interest
McKennie was linked with a move to Leeds back in October, and it seems as if an Elland Road transfer is now a real possibility in the final week of the January window.
The Whites appear to be on the hunt for a new midfielder and seemingly have McKennie on their wishlist alongside Azzedine Ounahi.
The Latest: Plettenberg’s comments
Talking on The Transfer Show, relayed by Sky Sports’ transfer blog, Plettenberg stated that McKennie is open to joining a new club, mooting a €30m-€40m fee.
“We’re hearing the same thing about Weston McKennie and the possibility of him going to Leeds here in Germany.
“McKennie has the same agent as Brenden Aaronson at Leeds, and we’re hearing Juventus have set a price tag of between €30m and €40m because he has previously been linked with Borussia Dortmund.
“He is open to joining another club.”
Fabrizio Romano has since added that McKennie has actually already accepted a proposal from Leeds, with the two clubs discussing the terms of a potential transfer.
The Verdict: Fits the bill?
McKennie is a USA international and turned out alongside Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson at the World Cup. He would be the latest American arrival to work under fellow countryman Jesse Marsch, should a move go through, continuing the American theme with The 49ers looking likely to take full control from Andrea Radrizzani at some point in the next 12 months.
However, from a playing perspective, McKennie seems to be a smart target. He would offer plenty of versatility as he is capable of turning out as a defensive, central or right midfielder.
The 24-year-old has experience at the highest level for club and country and has averaged a better league WhoScored match rating (6.57) than the likes of Aaronson (6.52), Adam Forshaw (6.15) and former player Mateusz Klich (6.12) this season.