Tottenham Hotspur are confident of striking a £40 million deal to secure the services of Weston McKennie.
According to Independent, Tottenham Hotspur are prioritising a move for Weston McKennie in these remaining days of the summer transfer window. They have already contacted Juventus, beginning negotiations over a potential summer switch, with the player facing an uncertain future in Turin, following the arrival of Manuel Locatelli.
Juventus are in a process of rearranging their squad after a disappointing campaign that saw them miss out on the Serie A title for the first time in nearly a decade. It has put Spurs on red alert, with the north London giants hoping that their £40 million proposal will be enough to get them over the line, as far as the pursuit of McKennie is concerned.
The American international has emerged as an ideal candidate as Tottenham look to further strengthen their ranks in midfield. Although they are also in the market for Houssem Aouar, McKennie represents better form heading into the campaign and hasn’t lost a huge chunk of value over the course of the past 12 months.
The midfielder, in fact, had moved to Juventus on a permanent deal earlier this year, for a fee of £18 million, after impression on loan, during the first half of the campaign. But with Locatelli arriving in Turin, coupled with the appointment of Massimiliano Allegri, the youngster’s prospects at the club have been limited.
A move to Tottenham could thus make a world of sense for the former Schalke prodigy. His enthusiasm, industry and technical prowess make him an ideal partner for Pierre-Emile Hojberg in Nuno Espirito Santo’s two-man midfield.
The Lilywhites themselves wouldn’t mind splashing £40 million for a player that has a lot of potential to become one of the club’s biggest assets in the coming year. His status as one of the shining beacons of US Soccer should also hold certain marketing values, helping the club reach out to the ever-growing footballing viewership in the US.
However, Tottenham need to move swiftly, with McKennie also emerging as a target for fellow Premier League clubs in Crystal Palace and Aston Villa. It will be interesting to see if they can strike a swap deal with Juventus involving Moussa Sissoko.
The Frenchman clearly has no future under Nuno Espirito Santo, so a permanent departure for him and the arrival of McKennie could have ideally refined the Spurs midfield this summer.