According to a source from Italy, Weston McKennie will join Leeds on a permanent deal if they avoid relegation.
The American midfielder is under pressure to succeed in order to make his loan move to Leeds permanent. McKennie joined Leeds from Juventus in the January transfer window.
McKennie, who moved from joined the club the same week when Jesse Marsch left, has not been able to make an immediate impact. The 24-year old has made eight appearances in the Premier League since his arrival. Javi Gracia also does not seem to fully trust the USMNT international in midfield yet.
According to Carlo Garganese of The Italian Football Podcast, Juventus have an “informal agreement” with Leeds concerning McKennie. If Leeds avoid relegation, they would have to sign him permanently in the summer:
“My understanding is that if Leeds stay up there’s a gentleman’s agreement for him to stay permanently at Leeds,”
“If Leeds go down he’s probably likely to return to Juventus, but there certainly isn’t a future for him there.”