He tweeted: “Weston McKennie won’t seriously consider his future until after the World Cup. The Premier League is of huge appeal to him and links with Spurs are long-standing. Fabio Paratici spearheaded McKennie’s move to Juventus from Schalke and met with him last January to explore a move.”
The reporter added: “Several Premier League clubs have scouted McKennie, including Newcastle, Leeds, Everton and Arsenal. But none have advanced interest yet. He’s a player who could well move to England in January but right now there is nothing advanced from any potential Premier League suitors.”
Sean Longstaff has emerged as a regular under Eddie Howe in the Premier League so far this season, although PIF could now land an upgrade on the academy graduate by swooping to sign McKennie – who was once hailed as a “rock” by his former Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo – in January.
In the current Premier League campaign, the English midfielder has averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.71 across 12 appearances for the Magpies.
He also averaged a rating of 6.83 in the 2019/20 Bundesliga for Schalke 04, which shows that he has consistently delivered performances at a higher level than Longstaff has managed in the Premier League for Newcastle.
The 24-year-old, who David Wagner once dubbed “outstanding“, has shown that he can perform at a higher standard than the Magpies midfielder, and that is why PIF could land a big upgrade on Longstaff by signing McKennie.