Juventus Turin signed Weston McKennie firmly from FC Schalke 04. So far, the S04 had only loaned the US-American. All the numbers for the transfer.
Gelsenkirchen – In August 2020, FC Schalke 04 made the loan from Weston McKennie (22) to Juventus Turin perfect. The S04 also agreed a purchase option with the Italian record champions, which Cristiano Ronaldo’s club (36) is now making use of.
|Born||August 28, 1998 (age 22), Little Elm, Texas, USA|
|Current team||Juventus Turin (# 14 / midfield)|
|Joining Dates||2004 (FC Phönix Otterbach), 2009 (FC Dallas), 2016 (FC Schalke 04), 2020 (Juventus Turin)|
FC Schalke 04: Juventus Turin sign Weston McKennie early
As the S04 announced on Wednesday (March 3rd), Weston McKennie will join the Italians with immediate effect. Juventus Turin pulls the agreed clause ahead of schedule. “The fact that Juventus Turin prefers the transfer and that Weston McKennie is already permanently committed gives us greater planning security for the new season,” said CFO Christina Rühl-Hamers on the club’s website.
After all, FC Schalke 04 have to plan the squad in two ways, including for League 2. Originally, the purchase option was linked to certain conditions. According to consistent media reports, it was about reaching a Champions League place for Juventus Turin in the 2020/21 season.
FC Schalke 04: Weston McKennie could cost Juventus Turin almost 30 million euros
But Weston McKennie apparently convinced the Italians of his skills so much that the Ronaldo Club already took advantage of the purchase option and provided the American with a contract until June 2025.
While the Royal Blues did not provide any information on the transfer fee, Juventus Turin was more precise and gave numbers. The S04 has already received 4.5 million euros on loan from Weston McKennie. In addition, with the purchase of the American, there is now the transfer fee of 18.5 million euros that Juventus Turin has to pay within three years.
In addition, another 6.5 million euros could be added as bonus payments. A total of 29.5 million euros could flow into the account of FC Schalke 04 if all the conditions stipulated in the contract were to be met.
FC Schalke 04: The S04 has had good experience with bonus payments on transfers
It is not known what the bonus payments are. However, it is common to link them to specific goals, such as winning championships or even the Champions League.
The situation was similar, for example, in the case of the transfer of Manuel Neuer (34) from FC Schalke 04 to FC Bayern Munich. So the S04 got a basic payment of 20 million euros for the goalkeeper. Over the years, the transfer fee increased to 30 million euros due to various bonuses.
With the American, the S04 loses a player who was closely connected to the club. Weston McKennie went crazy after FC Schalke 04’s victory over Hoffenheim and presented himself happily and exuberantly in a video Instagram. The professional sang the popular fan song “Asoziale Schalker”.
FC Schalke 04: Weston McKennie became a national player in the S04
Between 2016 and 2020, the 22-year-old played 91 games for the S04 professionals, scoring five goals and seven assists. Weston McKennie also matured to become a national player at Schalke and has now completed 21 internationals for the United States team.
While the US-American at FC Schalke 04 was considered to be almost universally applicable and was used in defense as well as in midfield and storm, he only fluctuates between two positions at Juventus: the midfield center and the right wing. Weston McKennie had to play four times on the left.
Weston McKennie: The ex-Schalke professional sets a new record in Serie A.
However, the 22-year-old quickly established himself at Juventus Turin. Weston McKennie was not used in only five games. Twice he sat on the bench for 90 minutes, the midfielder missed two games due to a positive corona test and only once was the former S04 professional not nominated for the squad.
Weston McKennie has already scored five goals and two assists alongside superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. In addition to the title in the Italian Supercup, the American has even broken a record: He is already the best goalscorer from the USA in the history of Serie A – with four goals in the league.
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