Juventus Activates Permanent Transfer Option on USMNT’s Weston McKennie

Weston McKennie with USMNT in 2018. Photo by Laszlo Geczo/INPHO/REX/Shutterstock

Seria A giants Juventus announced on Tuesday that they activated the permanent transfer option on U.S. international midfielder Weston McKennie.

McKennie joined Juve in the summer on loan with a purchase option from Bundesliga side Schalke 04. The Italian club had until the end of the season to make the decision but opted to do it earlier following the 22-year-old player’s good performances.

According to the official statement by Juventus, they will pay $22.33 million to Schalke in three installments. Schalke will also be due around $8 million based on the player’s performances.

McKennie inked a new contract after the option was activated and is set to stay with the Italian club through the 2024-25 season.

“Wes has proven to be a very important resource for Coach Pirlo, having already put his signature on important performances and goals,” said the club announcing the news.

Weston McKennie established himself as an indispensable player in Juventus’ midfield despite his young age. He played 31 games in all competitions this season, managing to score five goals and add two assists.

McKennie previously played four seasons with Schalke, making almost 100 appearances for the club. He also has 21 games and six goals for the United States men’s national team.