Tottenham Hotspur sporting director Fabio Paratici is now personally looking to sign Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie, according to reports.
The Lowdown: Spurs making transfer plans?
One of the busiest Spurs transfer windows of recent memory transpired recently, with club chief Paratici seemingly putting ENIC’s £150m equity injection to good use.
Antonio Conte guided the club to a top-four Premier League finish last term, an achievement which majorly benefitted the club financially, and the north Londoners rewarded their manager with sufficient backing in the transfer market.
Tottenham sealed moves for Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, Clement Lenglet, Djed Spence and Destiny Udogie alongside a permanent deal for Cristian Romero this summer, although reports suggest that they could invest further in the first team squad in January.
If Spurs are to maintain their place among England’s elite, Paratici and Conte’s plans to strengthen the first team simply must be reinforced by chairman Daniel Levy.
The Latest: Paratici looking to sign McKennie…
According to reports out of Italy, it appears that Spurs and Paratici are looking to sign USA midfielder McKennie from Serie A giants Juventus.
Calciomercato believe that Paratici personally ‘looks to Turin’ to reinforce Tottenham’s squad and has ‘never taken his eyes’ off the 24-year-old.
This comes as the box-to-box ace hasn’t managed to nail down a regular starting place in the Juventus team under either Andrea Pirlo or Massimiliano Allegri, with his sale touted as possible solution.
The Verdict: Right call?
While McKennie hasn’t had the best of times in Italy, he has been brilliant for the USA national team in the last two years.
For instance, American soccer correspondent Chris Smith has labelled the 24-year-old ‘supremely underrated’ and a ‘pressing machine’ (Twitter), and the latter aspect of his game may well be a huge draw for Conte.
The only drawback to this move could be Spurs’ huge depth in central midfield already, with untouchables Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur keeping out the likes of Yves Bissouma and Oliver Skipp.
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