Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte is keen to sign Weston McKennie this month.
According to Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport, the 52-year-0ld is pushing sporting director Fabio Paratici to bring his former Juventus signing to north London before the transfer deadline in under two weeks time.
The American international has excelled under Massimiliano Allegri and has clearly caught the eye of the ex-Bianconeri manager as he is said to be a big fan of the midfielder.
It’s believed that despite his breakthrough at the Allianz Stadium, the Serie A giants could still be willing to let him go for the right price, so if Conte wants him, then Paratici and Spurs should be all over it.
That’s because they could well deliver the Italian head coach his new midfield beast. At Chelsea, where Conte won a Premier League and FA Cup, he had an absolute animal in N’Golo Kante.
Never is he truly spectacular but he certainly is consistent and always, always delivers. The diminutive Frenchman does the dirty work with aplomb and has a knack for carrying the ball forward with ease.
The World Cup winner, who cost the Blues around £32m from Leicester City, was one of Conte’s first signings at Stamford Bridge.
“In my opinion, he can play in every position in midfield. We are talking about an amazing player, a top player,” Conte once told Sky Sports (via Goal.com).
“He is amazing with and without the ball. When you have N’Golo in your team, you can think you are playing with one player more. You can find a smile on his face every day. He is a very positive guy. He is one of the best players I have had in my career as a coach.”
There are some similarities to make with McKennie, who has also been lauded for his ability to play in a multitude of midfield roles.
“In the No.6 or No.8 position he has the mentality, a real working mentality that you need. And he’s brave on the ball as well. He can be one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga.”
The 23-year-old, once dubbed a “rock” by Andrea Pirlo, has averaged 1.4 interceptions, 1.1 tackles and 1.1 dribbles per game in the Serie A this campaign, via WhoScored. Such numbers aren’t that far off what Kante is achieving this campaign either.
Therefore, it would be an intriguing decision to land the £22.5m-rated McKennie this month and in the Juventus star, Conte could well discover his next Kante.