KENYA BROWN - Sunday, August 30, 2020
Weston McKennie will take a huge step in his young soccer career as it was announced on Saturday that the midfielder has moved on loan to Italian Serie A champions Juventus from Schalke.
After months of speculation as to where the midfielder would move this summer, with the likes of Southampton, Liverpool, Everton, Monaco and Hertha Berlin in the race to sign him, it was the Bianconeri who surprisingly jumped into the race and won it outright in the end.
The now 22-year-old was photographed arriving in Turin on Thursday with his agent, Cory Gibbs, ahead of his physical examination.
According to details of the deal, both Juventus and Schalke have agreed to a one-year loan for the player for a fee around 5.3 million dollars with an option to make it permanent later.
The move, which came into fruition after Juventus' new head coach Andrea Pirlo expressed interest in signing McKennie, makes him the first American to join the team.
The Texas-born midfielder joined Schalke in 2016 from FC Dallas. He would quickly move through the ranks to earn a place in the first team in May 2017. This led to him making his debut for the team on May 20, 2017 in their 1-1 tie with Ingolstadt.
While primarily a central midfielder, McKennie has be been played in a variety positions including center-back, right-back and even striker. With this move to the Italian champions, he will look to compete for a spot in the starting eleven as a box-to-box midfielder.
The Serie A season gets underway on Sept. 19.