Key factor could see £20m USA talent snub Liverpool for Prem rivals

Date published: Monday 13th July 2020 10:08 - Jonny Whitfield

Weston McKennie

Liverpool’s depth in midfield could see Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie snub the Reds’ interest for a move elsewhere in the Premier League, according to a report.

The 21-year-old stepped up from Schalke’s Under-19s side in 2017 and has since become a key part of the team.

The USA international has made 91 appearances for the German side, scoring five goals and assisting seven others.

However, CBS Sports claims McKennie will likely leave Schalke in the coming months, despite having four years left on his contract.

The source says Schalke are suffering “financial issues” – including salary restrictions – amid the impact of the pandemic.

As such, they will likely sell their exciting talents – McKennie among them – with clubs in England, Spain France and Germany keen.

However, McKennie is reportedly unlikely to remain in Germany as he wants a new challenge. And a move to France looks a stretch, given Paris Saint-Germain are the only side who can afford his £20million price tag.

As such, England is reportedly the most likely destination, with a host of Premier League clubs keen. As well as Liverpool, Manchester City, Everton, Newcastle and Wolves all hold an interest.

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CBS Sports claims McKennie wants a club where he will feel “confident” about the chances for development.

As such, a move to the Premier Leagues’s top two could be unlikely given their respective strengths in midfield.

However, Chelsea may be a potential destination depending on N’Golo Kante’s situation, the source says.

The Frenchman has been linked with Real Madrid and the Blues are already enjoying the talents of McKennie’s fellow American Christian Pulisic.

What’s more, Tottenham and Arsenal, who could make wholesale changes in midfield, could be candidates for McKennie.

LOVREN ON THE WAY OUT OF LIVERPOOL?

Elsewhere, reports claim Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is a target for Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.

Croatia international Lovren has had a successful six-year tenure with the Reds but has recently dropped to fourth choice under Jurgen Klopp.

And while the defender has previously received alleged interest from Roma, the latest report claims Zenit could make a move.

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