- Italian giant Juventus is preparing to raid Major League Soccer to find its next star after the resounding success of Weston McKennie, reports Tuttosport.
- McKennie, the first American ever to play for Italy’s most-storied side, is enjoying a fine season on-loan from German side Schalke 04, having scored twice and assisted twice in 14 games.
- Tuttosport says Juve now has eyes on four MLS youngsters ahead of the January transfer window, including highly-rated FC Dallas full-back Bryan Reynolds.
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Italian giant Juventus is preparing to raid Major League Soccer to find its next star after the resounding success of Weston McKennie, according to Tuttosport.
American McKennie, 22, is enjoying a fine season on-loan in Turin from German side Schalke 04, having scored twice and assisted twice in 14 games. He is the first American player ever to don Juventus’ famed black and white kit.
His most recent strike was a stunning flying volley in a 2-0 win versus FC Barcelona in the Champions League.
Ahead of the January transfer window, Tuttosport reports Juve has eyes on a number of players currently plying their trade in the MLS. That includes FC Dallas pair Bryan Reynolds and Ricardo Pepi, New York Red Bulls star Caden Clark, and LA Galaxy right-back Julian Araujo.
3rd Degree reported in November that the Serie A champion was preparing to submit a bid in the region of $US7 million for Reynolds, who plays at right-back, while MLS Soccer says rival AS Roma has already bid $US9.5 million for the 19-year-old.
Striker Pepi and midfielder Clark, both 17, only made their MLS debuts this season and have yet to feature for the US Men’s National Team.
Araujo, 19, has made 35 appearances for the Galaxy since joining the club ahead of the 2019 season and made his USMNT debut in a 6-0 win over El Salvador on December 9.
The reported plans come amid a surge in interest for American-born players in Europe, largely driven by the huge success of Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic.
A large number of young US stars are now plying their trade in Europe, with Germany a particular hotspot, attracting the likes of RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams, Werder Bremen’s Josh Sargent, and Borussia Dortmund’s Giovanni Reyna.