Leeds in advanced talks for Weston McKennie after backing away from World Cup star

Leeds United are in advanced talks with Juventus over a deal for Weston McKennie, sources have confirmed to 90min.

The Whites have all but accepted defeat in their pursuit of Moroccan World Cup star Azzedine Ounahi, who looks increasingly likely to join Serie A leaders Napoli before heading back to current club Angers on loan for the remainder of the season.

Leeds have always showed an interest in United States international McKennie, who Juventus value at around €35m, and 90min understands that talks between the two parties are at an advanced stage.

Juventus' lofty valuation is not a figure Leeds are prepared to meet - ideally they would have liked the 24-year-old to join on loan - but sources have confirmed to 90min that a deal worth €28m plus a further €2m in add-ons is being discussed.

There is a confidence in Turin that a deal will be agreed with Leeds, and McKennie has already spoken with Whites boss Jesse Marsch about the prospect of moving to Elland Road.

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90min revealed earlier this week that McKennie's availability has been known to a number of Premier League clubs, many of whom showed interest, but as it stands Leeds are in pole position to complete a deal.

Should McKennie finalise terms he will become the third American international at Elland Road, following in the footsteps of Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson.

Source : 90min