Leicester City in the hunt for Weston McKennie
GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - JUNE 20: Weston McKennie of Schalke 04 in action during the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and VfL Wolfsburg at Veltins-Arena on June 20, 2020 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Leicester City are reportedly set to rival Premier League clubs Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton for the signature of Schalke 04 midfielder Weston McKennie this summer according to www.LeicestershireLive.co.uk.

The 21-year-old, who has been with the Bundesliga side since 2016, has made 75 appearances in total during his time at the VELTINS-Arena with 28 of those outings coming this season - his highest tally in a campaign so far.

With a UEFA Europa League campaign on the horizon for the Foxes next season, Brendan Rodgers will be looking to bolster his squad with fresh additions and despite being under contract until 2024, McKennie could be swapping Germany for the East Midlands for a rumoured fee of around £20 million.

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McKennie keen to play in the Premier League

It would be no surprise to see the United States international in England's top-flight next season, with the sought-after midfielder admitting himself that he would like to play in the Premier League one day.

Speaking to www.Goal.com back in May, McKennie highlighted his aspirations to play for a Premier League side challenging for a European spot - however also admitted he is still happy at David Wagner's side.

He said: “For me, the next goal is England. It has always been my dream to play in the Premier League.

"I want to join a club that fights for a place in Europe – the Champions League or the Europa League.

"For now, I'm happy at Schalke because I get to play.”

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What type of player is McKennie?

The youngster is extremely versatile in the midfield and can play a variety of roles ranging from a holding midfielder into a more attacking role in the centre of the pitch.

At times for his club as well, McKennie has also been able to comfortably slot into centre-back, right-back and attacking positions for his team, giving Rodgers the option to call upon him should he be lacking cover in a certain position.

Standing at 6'1, McKennie isn't afraid of a physical battle on the pitch and his high-energy throughout the game to win the ball back as well as act as a more attacking threat in the opposition third is similar to that of  Leicester star Wilfried Ndidi.

Despite his young age as well, it is evident the 19-time capped USA international is a leader on the pitch having both captained both his club and country on more than one occasion and could also prove to be a worthwhile addition away from the pitch as well as on it.

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Where would he fit in at Leicester?

Although highly-rated by many, it is hard to see if McKennie will be a regular starter for the Foxes.

With Wilfried Ndidi proving to be a vital player for the side and having formed a partnership alongside Youri Tielemans it seems like McKennie would have to settle for more of a rotation role if he were to move to the King Power Stadium.

There may also be a chance that should the tenacious midfielder arrive, it could well spell the end of Nampalys Mendy's and Matty James' time at the club whilst academy graduate Hamza Choudhury may even be loaned out to accommodate McKennie's arrival.

As previously mentioned however, the versatility that the Texas born man possesses could mean Rodgers looks to utilise McKennie in a three at the back formation which the Foxes have used frequently during the latter stages of the season with the Northern Irishman also on the hunt for a centre-back in the transfer window.