USMNT's Weston McKennie completes Leeds United loan for rest of season

Weston McKennie has completed a season-long loan move to Leeds United from Juventus after undergoing a medical, the Premier League club announced on Monday.

The United States international had been told he could leave Juventus after making 15 Serie A appearances for the club this season.

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Although the move to Elland Road will initially be on loan for a fee in the region of £1.5 million, sources have said that Leeds will have the option to sign McKennie on a permanent deal for £35m at the end of the season.

The midfielder was left out of the Juventus squad for their 2-0 defeat against Monza on Sunday, with coach Massimiliano Allegri saying a deal had been reached for the player to leave.

McKennie, 24, will become the third USMNT player to move to Leeds, following Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson. The team also have a strong American presence off the pitch with manager Jesse Marsch and recently appointed first-team coach Chris Armas at the club.

Leeds have already added Max Wober and Georginio Rutter to their squad during the January transfer window as they attempt to pull clear of the relegation battle, with the team just one point clear of third-bottom Bournemouth.

The 24-year-old has made nearly 100 appearances for Juventus since joining in 2020, scoring 13 goals and providing five assists. He won the 2020 Italian Super Cup and 2021 Coppa Italia with the club.

McKennie has 41 caps for the U.S. and helped them reach the round of 16 at the World Cup in Qatar last year.