The ESPN report has a comment from Schalke director Jochen Schneider in which he says a move away for McKennie ‘cannot be ruled out.’
However, it is Bild that says the 21-year-old dreams of playing in the Premier League with Newcastle and Everton listed as admirers.
McKennie (shown above) joined Schalke from the Dallas Academy, he was born in Texas, in 2017 on a free transfer. He’s since made 91 appearances for the Bundesliga club, which is managed by former United States international and Huddersfield boss David Wagner.
While he’s usually deployed as a central midfielder, the versatile American often is asked to fill in at center-back or even on the right side of midfield.
McKennie has been a full US international since 2017 and has 19 caps with 6 goals. He’s got four years to run on his contract and is valued at just over £20m by Schalke.
The midfielder has bags of experience at such a young age, he turns 22 in August. He would be a decent addition to Newcastle’s midfield this summer at an equitable price.