Weston McKennie to Juventus is a full-go: McKennie is on the ground in Turin — already adhering to strict Italian fashion standards — and expected to complete his transfer to Juventus.
The nine-time Serie A champions shared the below video on social media on Thursday, as the 21-year-old U.S. men’s national team midfielder arrived at the airport from Germany.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 27, 2020
McKennie’s move is expected to be an initial loan, for a fee of $3.5 million, with an option to sign the Texas native permanently for $21 million. Schalke have given every indication that reducing their wage bill was a high priority this summer, therefore McKennie is unlikely to be the last player to leave in the coming weeks.
He had previously been linked with a move to a handful of top-half and mid-table Premier League sides, but no club in England matching Juve’s size and stature was ever said to have come calling.
Juventus appointed legendary Italian midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo as its new manager just last week, and Weston McKennie to Juventus represents the club’s first foray into the transfer market under his leadership.
Only time will tell if McKennie is “Juve quality” — that of a club expecting to win league titles, and aspiring to become champions of Europe.