Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie is being chased by five Premier League teams ahead of a likely exit from the German side this summer.


21-year-old McKennie only signed a new contract last summer but is now heading for the exit door at the Veltins-Arena as Schalke find themselves needing to sell players to balance the books.


McKennie is with Schalke for pre-season

His availability has piqued the interest of Southampton, who are on the lookout for a replacement for Pierre-Emile Højbjerg after the Dane's move to Tottenham. McKennie is one of several candidates on the radar, along with Celtic's Olivier Ntcham another.


However, a source has confirmed to 90min that the Saints are not alone in their pursuit of McKennie. Everton, Aston Villa, Newcastle and West Ham have all seen Southampton attempt to steal a march and have now expressed an interest of their own.


The quartet are all keeping a close eye on McKennie's situation, and they have been encouraged by the news that moving to the Premier League is the midfielder's priority this summer.


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McKennie believes it is now the right time to leave Schalke, who fell down to 12th in the Bundesliga last season and have faced numerous accusations of behind-the-scenes turmoil. They set a club record of 16 league games without a win between January and June and saw their European hopes evaporate in startling fashion.


Goalkeeper Alexander Nübel has already sealed a move to Bayern Munich and McKennie wants to follow suit with his own exit.


Schalke could be forced to sell players to raise money

A fee of around £22.5m has previously been suggested, but Schalke will hope to spark a bidding war and raise some more money to help address their debt, which is believed to stand at close to the £180m mark.


90min understands that Liverpool have stepped up their scouting of McKennie and have identified him as a potential star of the future, but the Reds are unlikely to act on their interest this summer and would instead prefer to wait and see how his development pans out.



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