For quite some time, it appeared Weston McKennie would end the summer transfer window moving to a club in the Premier League.
Clubs such as Leicester City and Southampton were linked with the USA international, with the Saints the more pressing of the two, as articles suggested Ralph Hasenhüttl was ‘launching attacks’ to secure him as Pierre-Emile Højbjerg’s replacement.
Either way, this all came crumbling down when Juventus, somewhat out of nowhere, decided to the crash the party and swoop in with a loan with obligation to buy deal.
It was all pretty straightforward from there, with both Brendan Rodgers and Hasenhüttl left helpless as the 22-year-old decided that playing under Andrea Pirlo would be better for his career than moving to England.
This choice was recently justified by the player’s agent, David Müller, who spoke to TuttoJuve about it after the Italian website asked him a question regarding the interest of other clubs, naming Leicester and Southampton as two who had asked for information.
He said: “Because when Juventus wants you, you don’t have to ask yourself questions. They are one of the five or six best teams in the world. Weston wants to make his mark in Italy and will also help Juventus be further recognised in the United States”.