Weston McKennie's move to Juventus could earn Schalke $30 million-plus

After four years with Schalke 04, the FC Dallas product Weston McKennie, who turned 22 on Friday, is on the verge of becoming Cristiano Ronaldo's teammate at Juventus on a loan deal with clauses that could lead to a transfer fee totaling more than $30 million, according to German media reports.

McKennie, the 2016 U.S. Development Academy MVP, arrived in Turin on Thursday and was scheduled for a fitness exam on Friday to close the deal.

Reports in recent weeks had Hertha Berlin offering $23 million for McKennie and similar offers from English Premier League teams. The Juventus deal reportedly begins with a one-year loan for which Juventus will pay Schalke between €3 million to €6 million ($3.5 million to $7.1 million).

How the deal ultimately unfolds depends on McKennie's individual performance and Juventus' success. Sueddeutsche Zeitung speculates that Juventus' outright acquisition of McKennie kicks in if by the end of the 2020-21 season he appears in at least 60 percent of competitive games. If that's the case, Schalke would be in danger of missing out on a big transfer fee it could have cashed in with an outright sale to, for instance, Hertha. But Juventus winning a 10th Serie A title or high enough finish for Champions League qualification could also be part of the agreement.

Whatever the specifics, German media consistently report that the purchase for McKennie after the first season would prompt a minimum $21 million transfer fee for Schalke. Bild reported that with all bonuses Schalke's earnings for McKennie would hit a maximum of $33 million.

Schalke acquired McKennie without a transfer fee in 2016 from FC Dallas, where the Texas native played from age 11 to 18.

6 comments about "Weston McKennie's move to Juventus could earn Schalke $30 million-plus".
  1. frank schoon, August 28, 2020 at 11:56 a.m.

    I have no idea what they see in him....Weston is going to have an eye-opening experience as to how to play against Italian defenders and Italian style soccer. This is just the weirdest transfer so far.

    I really wonder if he's even ever going to get playing time or maybe they'll rent him out to another team...

  2. Matthew Tolve replied, August 28, 2020 at 2:37 p.m.

    It's a one-year loan with an option to buy, so they're not committing to anything long-term.  And I'm guessing they're thinking that he'll play the 6 and Italian attackers are the ones that are going to have an eye-opening experience. 

    I'll just say it, I had the exact same reservations about Pulisic moving to Chelsea--he's not going to be able adapt to a more physical league, he's not a consistent starter at BVB, he's not producing enough, etc.  And now he's Chelsea's best player and on the verge of becoming a world class player without any hype attached to it.  So I think we should all be a little humble about doubting these young Americans' desire to adapt and prove it in the big leagues.

  3. frank schoon replied, August 28, 2020 at 3:40 p.m.

    Matttthew, a #6?  I'm sorry, but he doesn't have the skills nor game insight to play that position...He has a run and gun type of DNA, which does not fit the #6 position , but instead a more of an offensive one. A one-year loan with option to buy says enough. All I can say Italian soccer has really gone down when you see a 39year old Zlatan calling the shots at AC Millan, which is totally unheard even as recently as 10-15 years ago... and now players like McKennie coming in....Series A isn't what it once was.....He would have been better going to Chelsea.

    As far as Pulisic goes, moving from Dortmunt to Chelsea is not much of a difference for both countries have a running DNA, and besides playing on the flank for Chelsea should suit Pulisic just fine as far as physical play goes. But I feel bad for Pulisic having to go to Chelsea instead of some team in Spain, for example, for at least he would play more "football' , implying more skills and technique which would aid  his development developing him more allround which he won't get playing in England....

  4. Matthew Tolve, August 28, 2020 at 4:16 p.m.

    Yes, McKennie can play the 6.  And I respectfully disagree on his skill level.  I think you're selling him short.  I'm also terribly confused by your post.  McKennie would have been better going to Chelsea but Pulisic would not?  You feel bad for Pulisic???  I think you're an n of 1 there.

    I've said all I've had to say--be careful underestimating this generation of young Americans trying to prove themselves in the best leagues.

  5. frank schoon replied, August 28, 2020 at 4:55 p.m.

    Confused? Mckenna is more of runner type not a finesse type that fits a lot more the English style than the Italian of play. And like wise Pulisic would do much better in Spain as far as his continued development for their style of soccer requires more skills, it's a different game....

  6. R2 Dad, August 30, 2020 at 9:48 p.m.

    Best wishes to WM--hope he gets what he needs from this loan move. Maybe there's some magic Pirlo can impart? I think playing time is going to be hard to come by, despite the plethora of matches. The grass wouldn't have seemed so green on the other side of the fence if Schalke management wasn't so poor and money so hard to come by. Schalke a shadow of the squad from just 3 years ago when they finished 2nd.

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