Leeds United are the top contenders to secure a Juventus player in a cost-effective agreement.

McKennie becomes the third addition to Jesse Marsch’s team during this January transfer window, joining Max Wober and Georginio Rutter.

The midfielder, who has represented the United States 41 times, featured against England in the World Cup group stages held in Qatar in November.

According to reports from Sky in Italy, Leeds have the option to make McKennie’s move permanent for an initial fee of £30m in the summer, contingent upon meeting specific criteria.

Expressing his excitement after completing the move to Leeds in an interview with Sky Sports, McKennie said: “I’m definitely excited. The January window moves quickly. Just about a week ago, I wasn’t sure if I would be going anywhere, and now I’m here.

“When I heard about the interest, it was definitely exciting. I know people here—Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson, and Jesse Marsch—I’m eager to get started.

“I’ve heard the support is incredible, the atmosphere too. That’s an adrenaline rush for me to come out and see fans going crazy. It’s like a 10-times energy boost. Elland Road is fantastic! The stadium is top-notch.”

When asked about what Leeds fans can anticipate from him, McKennie responded: “Hard work, relentless 90 minutes of back-and-forth, tackles, probably some banter, and everything—moments of humor and seriousness.

“It’s a dream come true; I’ve always dreamt of playing in the Premier League. With the support system I have here, I’m ready.”

In analysis, McKennie is seen as a suitable fit for the Premier League.

“Juventus are in need of funds. They’ve had a significant wage bill for quite some time. Weston McKennie has performed admirably for them, but he’s not a crucial player.

“He appears to be a player who will thrive in the Premier League. When you consider the American connection, Leeds’ interest is understandable. However, they weren’t the only ones interested.

“He possesses a great work rate, has shown he can score goals as well. He has been developing at Juventus. He’s a promising signing.”

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