In July of 2020, Newcastle’s takeover had stalled and would ultimately collapse by the end of the month. Up until that point, the club had two separate transfer lists – one for the disaster that came to be and another one containing top stars for a new era at the club.
Fast forward to October of this year, the takeover finally came to its rightful conclusion. Since that date, Newcastle have been linked with a galaxy-load of players. Some of them were reported targets before the takeover’s momentary demise.
Back in July of 2020, ESPN named American international Weston McKennie as a target. USA Today’s Kristian Dyer followed up that by writing that McKennie to Newcastle was one to watch.
The midfielder was with Schalke at the time and the club was heading into a season of toil and misery. They didn’t want to sell their young midfielder but financial difficulties had them set a price tag of around £20m.
It was Juventus who came calling with an initial loan and an option to buy. The 23-year-old became the first American to play for the Italian giants. He was an integral part of the team making 46 appearances in all competitions.
Juve triggered their purchase option and McKennie has featured regularly again with 8 league starts so far. However, The Mail’s Simon Jones is reporting that Max Allegri is open to selling the youngster in January which has alerted Newcastle.
It seems that Allegri is trying to offload some midfielders to bring in money to make his own signings. Both Aaron Ramsay and Adrien Rabiot have been named as Newcastle targets recently that could become available in the winter window.
A recent report in The Times claimed Newcastle would look to Italy for targets in January. Though another report emphatically stated that the club will target players with Premier League experience.
Time will tell which way Newcastle go. As far as McKennie is concerned, he certainly ticks a few boxes for Newcastle. He is very versatile and can even play center-back if needed.
While the Texan is contracted to 2025, Juventus could be open to an initial loan deal with an option to buy. They would likely require a significant loan fee which won’t be much of a deterrent for Newcastle if they truly covet McKennie.