It is an open secret that Hertha Berlin need to sign a midfielder.
According to the football transfer rumours in British and German media, Hertha Berlin are frontrunners to land Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie.
The 21-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
The USA international joined Schalke 04 from FC Dallas on a free transfer in August 2016. His contract expires in the summer of 2024.
The midfielder has banged in three goals and provided one assist in 32 matches for Schalke this term on all fronts.
The 21-year-old is considered to be one of the best midfielders in USA.
McKennie has also left his mark at the international stage after netting six goals in 19 senior appearances for the USA national team.
His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Hertha.
Bruno Labbadia wants to sign a new midfielder and Weston McKennie is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
The report claims that Hertha manager has extensively scouted McKennie and is considering a move for the midfielder. Labbadia is a long term admirer of McKennie and believes he can get the most out of the USA international.
Hertha Berlin are desperate to make an impact in the summer transfer window.
The Bundesliga player is highly talented and he has a big future ahead of himself. His versatile nature can help the manager to be more flexible with the formations.
According to the report, “Hertha Berlin are moving to the head of the queue to sign Weston McKennie. The Schalke 04 star is wanted by several clubs this window. And Sky Germany claim Hertha are at the forefront of the clubs to sign him. McKennie could go for roughly €25 million. And Bild also claims the two clubs are negotiating and a deal is close. The 21-year-old is also a target for Southampton and Wolves.”
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A big money bid from Hertha Berlin could tempt Schalke into selling their prized asset.
Good signing for Hertha Berlin?
It is smart from the club to invest in younger players, rather than splashing out big money on experienced players with no resale value.
As for the player, Hertha Berlin could be a great place for him to grow as a footballer. They will be able to provide him with regular first-team football and he will be coached by a very good manager like Bruno Labbadia.
If he turns out to be a star like many expect, it could be one of the club’s smartest transfers.
Hertha Berlin fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.
If Bruno Labbadia sees him as the right man for his side, Hertha should quickly make a move to fend off interest from other clubs.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.