Leeds signs Weston McKennie on loan from Juventus

Leeds signed United States midfielder Weston McKennie on loan from Juventus until the end of the season on Monday.

McKennie moved to the Premier League club for a reported £1 million ($1.2 million) loan fee. The signing is subject to a work permit. [Leeds reportedly will have the option to sign McKennie on a permanent deal for $43 million at season's end.]

The 24-year-old has made 41 appearances for the USA and started all four of its World Cup matches in Qatar last year.

McKennie is the third USA international to team up with Leeds' American boss Jesse Marsch after Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson joined the club in the offseason.

McKennie began his career at Schalke, making 91 appearances before becoming the first American to sign for Juventus, initially on loan, in 2020.

He has made 96 appearances in all competitions for Turin club, scoring 13 goals.

McKennie is Leeds' third January transfer-window signing after the arrivals of Georginio Rutter from Hoffenheim and Max Wober from RB Salzburg.

McKennie could make his Leeds debut at Nottingham Forest this weekend.


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5 comments about "Leeds signs Weston McKennie on loan from Juventus".
  1. Santiago 1314, January 30, 2023 at 11:51 p.m.

    Can Musah be Far Behind.!?!?!? (British Passport)
    How about getting Balogun.???(Might help to Get him to USA)
    Get CCV(British Passport)and EBP ("Homegrown" on Man City since 2018)
    Or Richards, if Palace put him back on the Bench.
    For sure Jedi...(British Passport)
    And Dest could probably be gotten for "A Song" from Farca/Milan

  2. Chris Wasdyke replied, January 31, 2023 at 8:02 a.m.

    I was joking with my wife that we should just put the entire USMNT at Leeds, then just have Marsh (assuming he's still around) coach them at the WC. Lol

  3. R2 Dad, January 31, 2023 at 12:20 a.m.

    Leeds have had a balance issue all season. Curious how Marsch will integrate these new signings to address the problem. At what point does the growing American contingent grate on the ears of Leeds fans?

  4. Chris Wasdyke replied, January 31, 2023 at 8:01 a.m.

    If they don't get relegated I'm sure they will love all the Americans.  Of course, if they do get relegated it will be because of all the Americans.  Fans are a fickle bunch!

  5. frank schoon, January 31, 2023 at 8:52 a.m.

    It is sad for our American players after working hard to get the OPPORTUNITY in a life time to go to Europe and play with the best , play with more  sophistication but unfortunately end up going to a country like Germany or England for teams that love to run ,fight with foam on the mouth.
    And worse go to  England they meet up with an American coach, Leeds,  and a German coach, Chelsea, again who are both expounders of the 'caveman' style , Turbo City, style they were all brought up with back home, in the good ole' USA.. That is not what I expected to see happen to our boys.  They ended going from one rathole to another ,even though they play on the other side of the Atlantic.

    Just imagine if all our boys began to play ball in Spain, for example, what a difference it would have made to their development, instead of  so many end up going to Germany, England, Scotland, or somewhere in Scandinavian second division...

    I"m not surprised McKennie is loaned out by Juventus for they wanted him gone last year at Juventus. Now that 'Juve' have lost some good players, and are transistioning they are looking for real ball players to build a team around again.

    I'm sorry but our boys all playing for Leeds does not bode well for our NT as far as player improvement.

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