Although he will be expensive, Tottenham Hotspur has been granted the go-ahead to sign Weston McKennie this summer.
The American sporting director Fabio Paratici was reportedly interested in signing the Juventus midfielder, according to the Daily Mail earlier this week. This isn’t the first time the American has been mentioned either.
The Serie A powerhouses now seem receptive to selling him.
Even with Paul Pogba’s latest injury setback, Juventus will reportedly sell the 23-year-old if an offer of €30 million (£25 million) is made.
It is possible that the Italian team’s position might be somewhat explained by their interest in Chelsea’s Jorginho.
Time for a Spurs swoop?
Currently, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso need to be offloaded since Antonio Conte’s midfield engine room is overcrowded.
The Italian head coach will need as much strength in depth as possible to contend across all competitions this season, given that Spurs are back in the Champions League. However, their anticipated exits would undoubtedly provide some space in the squad.
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He should consider adding McKennie to his team.
Former manager Andrea Pirlo previously praised the maestro, who is valued at £22.5 million, as a “rock.” He undoubtedly has some knowledge of that position in the engine room.
Meanwhile, David Wagner, another former coach, waxed poetic about the American’s talent, saying:
He has extraordinary talent. He possesses the attitude, a true working mentality that you need, for the No. 6 or No. 8 position. Additionally, he has bravery on the field. He has the potential to be among the Bundesliga’s top midfielders.
In addition to being a skilled defender, as Pirlo’s comments suggest, the USMNT international is also capable of excelling further forward. According to FBref, he is among the top 2% of European players in his position for touches inside the penalty area of the opposition (3.58 per 90) and for receiving progressive passes (6.14 per 90).
Even though Spurs’ current midfield is quite competitive, Paratici might secure a significant bargain for around £25 million. McKennie is a very good addition because of his ability to play everywhere in the engine room.