Report: Manchester United plot shock move for ex-Leeds United midfielder

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According to Italian news outlet Bianconera News, Manchester United are among a few Premier League clubs keen on Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie.

Weston McKennie, 25, spent the second half of last season at Leeds United in the Premier League. He made 19 appearances in a disappointing spell at Elland Road, failing to keep Leeds United in the top flight. Following the expiry of his loan last summer, the USA international returned to Juventus.

The 25-year-old midfielder’s time at Old Lady appeared to be coming to an end on the back of a forgettable spell in England. However, not only has McKennie achieved to get back his Juventus career back on track, but many fans even think he has been the club’s best player of the season thus far. He has worked his way into becoming a mainstay for the Serie A club under Max Allegri, supplying nine assists in 28 appearances.

The central midfielder’s solid campaign with Juventus has caught the attention of several clubs including Manchester United. From England, Arsenal and Fulham are also interested in him, while Bundesliga outfits Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig are trying to bring him back to Germany, the Bianconera News reports.

McKennie has a contract in Turin until 2025 and Juventus are keen on securing his long-term future. However, the lure of returning to the Premier League and proving his detractors wrong could be on the player’s mind.

Red Devil Armada’s verdict:

A shiny new midfielder has to be on our club’s agenda during the summer transfer window. Weston McKennie is a surprise option to be linked with Man United, considering his stock tumbled following a disappointing loan spell at Leeds United.

While McKennie has enjoyed a renaissance in form back in Italy, we do a lot better than McKennie when signing an upgrade on ageing stars such as Casemiro and Christian Eriksen. However, the American is still a fairly young player and if Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his team believe he is the right fit, then the Red Devils must launch a bid to sign him.