Leeds United deal for Weston McKennie now facing collapse

By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

12th Apr, 2023 | 5:00pm

Revealed: Leeds United deal for Weston McKennie now facing collapse

Leeds United are not expected to sign Weston McKennie this summer regardless of whether they survive relegation, sources have told Football Insider.

The 24-year-old midfielder joined the Whites on loan from Juventus in the January window, and Leeds are not expected to trigger the buy option attached to the deal.

It is understood that Leeds have the option to sign McKennie permanently for £30million in the summer, but will choose not to do so even if they stay up.

McKennie signed for the Yorkshire club in January when compatriot Jesse Marsch was in charge of the side.

However, Marsch was sacked by Leeds just days later on 6 February, with McKennie making only one Premier League appearance under the American.

Javi Gracia has since taken the hot seat at Elland Road and McKennie has remained a regular starter for Leeds, but a permanent deal is looking increasingly unlikely.

McKennie has made a total of 12 appearances for Leeds this season, including a full 90-minute stint in the 5-1 loss to Crystal Palace last weekend.

Prior to his loan move, McKennie was playing regularly for parent club Juventus including five appearances in their six Champions League group games as well as 15 Serie A appearances.

McKennie is expected to return to Juventus in the summer, with the American international still under contract with the Italian giants until 2025.

He has made a total of 96 appearances for the Turin club, scoring 13 goals and assisting five times.

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