Aston Villa are reportedly in fresh contact over a possible January swoop for Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie.
The Lowdown: Previous McKennie speculation
McKennie, labelled a ‘pressing machine‘ by USMNT reporter Chris Smith, has been on the radar at Villa Park for some time.
Reports prior to Unai Emery’s appointment suggested that NSWE were keen on signing the USA international. A further update has now emerged, and it looks as if Villa officials have made their first move.
The Latest: Transfer update
He said that Juventus’ transfer plans will depend on whether or not the midfielder seals a move away from Turin, adding that Villa are in contact.
”[Juventus doing business] will depend on the eventual exit of McKennie, the only player for sale. There are contacts with the Premier League, with Aston Villa in particular and we’ll see. If that exit were to materialise, a loan could be outlined for a deputy Cuadrado, for a winger.”
The Verdict: Merino alternative?
Emery seems to be open to the idea of bringing in a midfielder this month and was desperate to sign Real Sociedad’s Mikel Merino. However, after an approach was made to his representatives, Villa learned that the Spaniard has no intention of leaving Sociedad this month.
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Therefore, McKennie, who can play as a central, defensive or right midfielder, could be a smart alternative due to his experience at the highest level for club and country, making a move one to watch over the coming weeks.
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