Leeds boss Jesse Marsch wants to add Weston McKennie to US quota but Juventus star costs £30m
LEEDS is haggling with Juventus over a fee to sign US star Weston McKennie.
Whites boss Jesse Marsch is looking to land his compatriot – but Leeds’ offer of £20m plus add-ons is below Juve’s £30m valuation.
The 24-year-old midfielder is said to have given the green light for a move that would see him join forces with United States team-mates Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson.
Leeds are optimistic they can strike a deal for World Cup star McKennie, who has also caught the eye of Arsenal and Aston Villa.
The midfielder joined Juventus on loan from Schalke in 2020 until his move became permanent a year later.
McKennie has since recorded 13 goals and five assists in 96 games across all competitions.
The Whites will close the door on Leicester’s move for £20million-rated winger Jack Harrison, 26.
The Foxes are keen on the Elland Road ace, who is out of contract at the end of next season and has yet to pledge his future to the club.
But Marsch has no plans to lose Harrison, who joined permanently from Manchester City 18 months ago after three seasons on loan in a £11million deal.
The Leeds boss said: “He’s an important man for us and it’s clear we need him.”
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Marsch insists defender Cody Drameh, 21, still has a Leeds future despite moving to Championship outfit Luton on loan.
He said: “He will benefit from going to a team that is challenging for promotion.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7236359/leeds-jesse-marsch-usa-weston-mckennie-juventus/ Leeds boss Jesse Marsch wants to add Weston McKennie to US quota but Juventus star costs £30m