An update has emerged on Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie, regarding Tottenham’s interest in his services.
According to TuttoSport, Tottenham chief Fabio Paratici is in negotiations with his former club Juventus over a potential swap deal involving Weston McKennie and Tanguy Ndombele.
The report claims that Spurs are interested in landing the USA international and are prepared to use Ndombele as a makeweight, with the Frenchman having been a target for the Italian giants prior to his time in England.
Paratici must ensure that he can get this deal over the line as it could be a fantastic piece of business. Ndombele has reportedly made it clear to the club that he wants to leave, which means that Spurs have little over a week to find him a new team and replace him. This proposed transfer would solve both issues in one fell swoop.
Spurs could get rid of Ndombele and replace him in this swap deal, getting a young player with potential in return. The ex-Lyon man produced three goals and three assists from midfield in the Premier League for the club last season and it would be disappointing to see him go, but if Levy and Paratici can get McKennie in exchange for him, then it would soften the blow.
Former Schalke coach David Wagner hailed McKennie as an outstanding talent before the midfielder secured a move to Juventus. He said:
“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’s also very good in the air and he’s young, so there is a lot more to come but we’re very happy to have him in our team.”
This highlights why Nuno Santo would love the £40k-per-week beast. He is, as Wagner explained, a hard-working player with quality and the potential to improve further. McKennie has already played in the Bundesliga, Champions League and Serie A by the age of 22, which shows that he has the quality to play at the top level and that he has mounds of experience at a young age.
Santo would love coaching McKennie to help him fulfil his potential, whilst being able to call upon him in the Premier League. The USA international chipped in with five goals and two assists in the Serie A last season, whilst also averaging one tackle and 0.8 key passes per game despite coming off the bench in 18 of his appearances. This suggests that he has the ability to make an impact in the short-term at Tottenham, whilst also having the scope to improve over the years.
This is a deal that Paratici should look to push through.