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Southampton: Saints should reignite interest in McKennie

Juventus are reportedly considering selling Weston McKennie this summer, and Southampton should reignite their interest in him as a result.

What’s the word?

Southampton were heavily linked with McKennie last summer during his time at Schalke before he eventually joined Juventus on a permanent deal in March 2021 following a successful loan spell.

However, following their recent signing of Euro 2020 star Manuel Locatelli from Sassuolo, the Old Lady are reportedly willing to sell the USA international this summer, with sides such as Everton and Tottenham Hotspur now credited with an interest.

The Saints were clearly very interested in McKennie last summer and now that he is seemingly available, there is no reason why Martin Semmens shouldn’t at least consider the prospect of bringing the midfielder to St Mary’s this summer, especially with the transfer funds that are available following the departures of Danny Ings, Jannik Vestergaard and Mario Lemina.

Should Southampton sign McKennie?

During McKennie’s time with Juventus, the £22.5m-rated midfielder has made 46 appearances in all competitions, in which he has contributed six goals and three assists.

Last season saw the 22-year-old manage five goals and two assists in 34 Serie A appearances, averaging a solid 6.68 rating from WhoScored for his performances.

At 22-years-old, he would fit Southampton’s transfer model of signing younger players and even though he might be more expensive than some of the other options Saints might be considering in the transfer window, he clearly has a lot of potential and could be a sound investment for the future.

Former Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco was full of praise for McKennie in 2018, saying:

 “Even during those phases when it’s not going so well, he embodies everything that we strive to stand for. He has a good mentality, he’s powerful, down-to-earth and works hard – and he can play as a six, eight or ten.”

“As long as he continues to work hard and keeps his feet on the ground, he’ll only get better. He’s just great!”

McKennie could be a great addition to Hasenhuttl’s side this summer, and Semmens should definitely consider a bid for him now that Juventus are reportedly willing to sell.

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