Reliable journalist Alasdair Gold has shared his thoughts on the rumours linking Tottenham Hotspur with a move for Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie.
The Lowdown: McKennie links
According to a report by Gazzetta dello Sport, the Turin outfit are willing to part ways with the United States international this summer, amidst interest from Spurs.
It is understood that the 23-year-old was one of the midfielders on Antonio Conte’s transfer wish list ahead of the January window, and it is said that Lilywhites managing director Fabio Paratici is a huge admirer of McKennie, as he played a big role in the American making the switch from Schalke 04.
The report claims that Juventus would be willing to sell the midfielder for a fee in the region of £34m.
The Latest: Gold’s claim
In a Q&A for football.london, Gold was questioned over the validity of the rumours linking McKennie with a move to Hotspur Way.
In response, he claimed: “I know Paratici spoke to McKennie’s representatives about a future move in January. If the USA international is available this summer then I would expect Spurs to test the water as he would tick a lot of boxes for the squad.”
The Verdict: Great addition
Whilst the number of appearances were made significantly lower due to McKennie’s metatarsal fracture, the American made just 15 starts for the Serie A club this season, illustrating how he has dropped down Massimiliano Allegri’s pecking order.
However, at just 23 years of age, the midfielder probably has at least a decade left of his football career, so a move elsewhere could revitalise his ambitions.
For Spurs, McKennie’s arrival would provide fantastic depth to the squad.
Compared to incredible box-to-box midfielders N’Golo Kante and Gennaro Gattuso by former USA international Alexi Lalas, the Juventus dynamo would provide cover if/when the likes of Harry Winks depart the club, with the Englishman expected to join fellow Premier League side Southampton.
Having ranked in the 98th percentile for touches in the attacking penalty area and progressive passes received when compared with positional peers across Europe’s top five leagues over the past year (via FBRef), McKennie could challenge for a starting spot in Conte’s team.
Therefore, this would appear to be an astute prospective addition for the Lilywhites.
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