Tottenham: Weston McKennie attracts interest from Spurs
USA midfielder Weston McKennie has attracted interest from Tottenham Hotspur as he hopes for a ‘late window offer’, according to CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs.
The Lowdown: Spurs linked with McKennie…
Spurs have been sporadically linked with a move for the United States international as he allegedly seeks a move away from Serie A giants Juventus.
Reports have suggested in the past few months that Antonio Conte is an admirer of the former Schalke 04 midfielder, with contact made even before the January transfer window opened.
McKennie is apparently being eyed by various suitors from both the Premier League and abroad, with Aston Villa, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund named as parties having been in the race for the 24-year-old.
The Latest: McKennie attracts Tottenham interest…
Making a Spurs transfer claim on Twitter, Jacobs has shared an update on the player’s situation at Juventus. He claims that McKennie has ‘attracted some interest’ from the north Londoners and Conte as he hopes for a late January offer.
Jacobs tweeted: “Told Weston McKennie still hoping a late window offer comes in. There’s already been an approach from Villa, but McKennie waiting for other suitors.”
He continued: “McKennie has attracted some interest from Spurs and Dortmund with Juve open to a sale. Chelsea have also considered him, and he spoke with Christian Pulisic about the club, but Moises Caicedo still their top priority. McKennie advantage is he can play in lots of positions.”
The Verdict: Make the move?
Given that Juventus are open to the sale of McKennie, and with the player not particularly keen on a move to Villa, this could be a good chance for Conte to finally get his man.
Tottenham’s interest in signing the 24-year-old dates back to 2021, and we believe that he could add even more steel to Conte’s squad.
Spurs are already well stocked in central midfield, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancur, Oliver Skipp and Yves Bissouma able to come in and play a role in front of their back four. However, McKennie’s versatility means that he can also play across the midfield and even as a centre-back, something which could be of serious interest to Conte.
The American has been called a ‘rock’ defensively by former Bianconeri boss Andrea Pirlo and dubbed ‘incredibly underrated‘ by football talent scout Jacek Kulig, and while he hasn’t been at his best for Juve – ranking a lowly 17th in their WhoScored charts this season – he is one of the stars of his national team.
McKennie ‘caught the eye‘ of journalist Matt Law with a brilliant display against England in the World Cup two months ago, with the midfielder standing out as one of the USA’s best players overall in Qatar as he started all four of their matches in their run to the knockout stages.