Alasdair Gold has dropped an update on reported Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Weston McKennie.
In a recent Q&A on football.london, the journalist revealed that, following a number of recent reports linking Tottenham with a move for the Juventus central midfielder, Fabio Paratici has already held talks with the 23-year-old’s representatives regarding a move to north London this summer.
The Spurs correspondent went on to state that, if the USA international is available in the summer market, he would expect Tottenham to test the water with the Serie A side concerning a deal for the midfielder, as McKennie ticks a lot of the boxes Antonio Conte is looking for in the middle of the park.
In response to a question asking whether Spurs are keen on the former FC Schalke 04 starlet, Gold said: “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.”
With the signing of a new central midfielder reported to be one of Conte’s priority targets in the summer transfer window, it is easy to see why Paratici would be interested in a move for McKennie ahead of Tottenham’s 2022/23 campaign.
As Gold states, the £43m-rated man would appear to tick a lot of the boxes required for Spurs, with the 23-year-old very much appearing to be the attack-minded, versatile and dynamic midfielder the 52-year-old Italian is looking to bring into the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer.
Indeed, FBref data illiterates just how forward-thinking the £37k-per-week American is, with McKennie ranking in the top 14% of midfielders in Europe’s big five leagues for non-penalty goals per 90, as well as the top 5% for npxG, the top 14% for shots, the top 2% for touches in the opposition penalty area and the top 2% for progressive passes received over the last 365 days.
FBref statistics also highlight the 32-time capped international’s impressive work rate in a defensive capacity, with the tireless talent ranking in the top 1% of attacking midfielders for clearances per 90, in addition to the top 4% for interceptions, the top 8% for aerial duels won, the top 10% for blocks, the top 16% for tackles and the top 40% for pressures over the last 12 months.
As such, it would indeed seem as if McKennie boasts something of a perfect profile for the box to box midfielder Conte is hoping to add to his Tottenham ranks in the coming months, and, with the 23-year-old reportedly available for as little as €20m (£17m) this summer, it is no surprise that Paratici is also keen on a move for the Juventus centrocampista.