Juventus are willing to sell Weston McKennie to Tottenham Hotspur in January after breaching safety protocols whilst on international duty.
The Lowdown: Spurs keen on USA international
During the transfer window, it was reported that Spurs had held talks with the Italian side about signing McKennie for around £40million.
However, the move never happened and McKennie stayed at Juventus, where he has only started one league game this season, in which he was dragged off at half-time and replaced by Alvaro Morata.
The Italian club are said to be furious with the midfielder for violating Covid protocols whilst away on international duty with the United States.
The Latest: What next?
According to a report by the Daily Mail, Juventus still consider the American an important player for Max Allegri’s squad, but his personality is not suitable for them.
As per outlets in Italy, via the Mail’s report, Spurs will now get the chance to rival Aston Villa for his services with a starting price of £25million, 37.5 per cent cheaper than the £40m reported earlier in the summer when Fabio Paratici held talks with his former side.
McKennie was previously in trouble for hosting a party during lockdown on the eve of a derby against Torino and has now hindered his relationship with the club even more.
The Verdict: Second chance for Paratici
Tottenham reporter Alasdair Gold has spoken in the past about Paratici’s never-ending phone calls, spending ’95 per cent’ of a pre-season clash against Colchester wheeling and dealing, and the Managing Director has already been in contact with Juventus.
Whilst Paratici didn’t manage to conclude a deal to bring the former Schalke midfielder in, the reported 37.5 per cent slash on the fee quoted in the summer will surely be very tempting, and perhaps he will be on the phone to Turin again before long.
The future of Tanguy Ndombele could have an influence on whether McKennie arrives at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as it frees up the wages to pay McKennie’s wages – he currently earns £2.5million annually.
In other news, Spurs defender rejected move to Serie A and moved elsewhere. Find out more here.
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