Tottenham Hotspur target Weston McKennie is free to leave this summer, according to reports…
Italian outlet Calciomercatoweb claim that Juventus would like to sell the USMNT international to Spurs in an attempt to fund a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Leander Dendoncker ahead of next season.
The 23-year-old is not considered to be non-transferable in Turin and could be one name to raise funds for the transfer. Lilywhites manager Antonio Conte and sporting director Fabio Paratici, who signed him for the Old Lady in 2020, are said to like him.
The midfielder has long been linked with a switch to north London ever since the Italian supremo swapped the Allianz Stadium for Hotspur Way last summer.
“I know Paratici spoke to McKennie’s representatives about a future move in January. If the USA international is available this summer then I would expect Spurs to test the water as he would tick a lot of boxes for the squad,” recently claimed reliable football.london journalist Alasdair Gold.
Indeed, the American would tick plenty of boxes for Spurs, and after the recent successes of Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski, two players who were left in the dark at Juve, this could certainly be another masterclass from Paratici.
Whilst central midfield may not be a major priority for Conte and co, they shouldn’t ignore a player of McKennie’s talent. In the process, they could even take a talented star away from the Premier League in Dendoncker, as Le Zebre desperately want to sign him.
The £22.5m-rated powerhouse has been lauded as a “rock” by former manager Andrea Pirlo, who certainly knows a thing or two about his role in the engine room. Another former coach, David Wagner, has also been left impressed by McKennie, once claiming:
“He’s an outstanding talent. 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.”
Across the course of his career to date, as per WhoScored, the American has averaged 1.2 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 1.1 clearances, 0.9 shots and 0.8 key passes per match as he looks to be capable of influencing a game at either end of the pitch, and consistently too.
Therefore, Paratici should be trusted to raid his former club once again, as McKennie has all the hallmarks of being another Kulusevski-like masterclass in north London.