Antonio Conte has reportedly now identified his main transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur – Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie.
The Lowdown: Well-known
McKennie is a player that is well-known to both Conte and Fabio Paratici, given their connections to Serie A.
Of course, Conte thrived at Inter Milan last season, guiding them to the Serie A title ahead of McKennie’s Juventus, while Paratici used to be the managing director at the Old Lady before moving on to Spurs.
Should Tottenham sign McKennie?
McKennie is a player that Paratici was particularly fond of during his time at Juve, claiming that he is ‘very exuberant’ and ‘very intelligent’, while adding that they had ‘high expectations’ of him (Juve FC).
Former Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo even went as far as to call him a ‘rock‘ in his team earlier this year, so he is a player that is certainly generating excitement.
The Latest: Main target
However, for the North London club to have any chance of securing his signature next month, they would need to cough up at least €30-35m (£25.3-29.6m).
The Verdict: Get it done
At just 23 years of age, McKennie is already playing at a high level, having shined at FC Schalke before he moved to Juventus.
He has already featured 18 times in the UEFA Champions League for both clubs combined, and clearly has a high ceiling given the lofty praise from those who have worked with him.
Nonetheless, he is already making a name for himself at international level as well, racking up no fewer than 28 senior caps for the United States, while he was also named their Footballer of the Year in 2020.
Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele and Dele Alli could all be leaving the Lilywhites soon, which would certainly open up a midfield slot for McKennie to grab with both arms.
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