At this point, it certainly appears like Leeds United will be buying Weston McKennie permanently from Juventus.

Javi Gracia’s squad are currently 14th in the Premier League after 27 games, although just two points above the relegation zone, with West Ham having a game in hand.

That means they are far from safe, but Gazzetta dello Sport seem to suggest that won’t stop them from keeping McKennie.

It’s been widely suggested that Leeds would have to buy the American midfielder if they stayed up, but that was recently described as just being a gentleman’s agreement between the two sides.

This is reiterated by Gazzetta on Thursday, who look at the situation of the three players Juventus have loaned to the Premier League, who are the Leeds man, Denis Zakaria (Chelsea) and Arthur (Liverpool).

It’s said their aim is to sell at least two to English sides this summer, but ‘talks are at an advanced stage’ only with the Elland Road residents.

He moved to Leeds in January ‘with the promise of a purchase following salvation in the English top division’, which will be a nod to the aforementioned gentleman’s agreement.

However, the mention of talks being at an ‘advanced stage’ does point towards Victor Orta and co. having already made their mind up about keeping McKennie around despite the club still being in a precarious position in the league.