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Leeds: Whites optimistic about signing Weston McKennie

Leeds: Whites optimistic about signing Weston McKennie - Leeds United

Leeds United remain optimistic about completing the signing of Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Lowdown: Leeds linked with McKennie

The Whites have been continually linked with a move for the USA international in recent days as Jesse Marsch looks to make a significant signing.

McKennie was a key figure for his country at the 2022 World Cup, starting four matches in Qatar and helping his nation to reach the knockout rounds.

While the 24-year-old has made 13 starts in Serie A for Juventus this season, it increasingly looks as though his future could lie elsewhere.

The Latest: Leeds confident over McKennie move

Taking to Twitter, Romano claimed that Leeds are confident of completing a move for McKennie, with negotiations ‘progressing well’.

The Italian tweeted in the early hours of Saturday morning:

“Understand there’s optimism now for Weston McKennie to join Leeds. Talks are progressing well on loan with buy clause — positive contacts in the last hours.

“New round of talks will take place on Saturday to get the deal sealed.”

The Verdict: Brilliant partner for Adams

This is a hugely encouraging update for Leeds, as McKennie could be a fantastic potential signing, having been described as ‘dangerous‘ by his compatriot Clint Dempsey.

The fact that the £54k-per-week American knows Tyler Adams so well at international level is an added bonus, and they could forge a formidable midfield pairing for the Whites, one full of energy and quality.

McKennie averaged one key pass per game at the World Cup and is adept at getting into advanced positions, ranking among the top 16% of positional peers in Europe’s big five leagues for touches in the attacking penalty area and progressive passes received.

He would be a big signing for Leeds, in terms of potentially helping to steer them further away from the Premier League relegation zone.

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