Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly prepared to fork out €25 million to secure a January deal for Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie.
According to a report from Tutto Juve, Tottenham Hotspur are ready to step up their pursuit of Weston McKennie. They have been monitoring the Juventus midfielder for quite some time now, and it appears they are now prepared to make a €25 million bid to snap the 23-year-old up from the Serie A club in the upcoming January transfer window.
Juventus have no intention of offloading their prized midfielder next month. But they could be forced into a sale if they fail to offload any of their fringe players, including the likes of Dejan Kulusevski and Aaron Ramsey.
McKennie, too, was considered an outcast at Juventus earlier in the campaign. However, the 23-year-old midfielder has since managed to earn the trust of Massimiliano Allegri, having featured in 13 Serie A matches this season. His contributions have been critical for an underperforming midfield unit in Turin.
However, with the Bianconeri struggling to get into the top four, they may require reinforcements in the upcoming January transfer window. The club is primarily relying on the potential sales of Ramsey and Kulusevski to fund moves for their top target. But even though the latter has been linked with a move to Arsenal, it will be difficult for Juventus to find a good deal for either of the players.
It could ultimately force the Serie A giants to cash in on McKennie, with Tottenham Hotspur prepared to secure his services. It appears the 23-year-old American international has emerged as the ideal target for the Lilywhites in their quest to bulk up their options in the middle of the park.
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte does indeed lack viable depth in midfield, especially amid uncertainties over the future of Tanguy Ndombele. Harry Winks, too, may leave Spurs after falling behind the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Oliver Skipp in the pecking order.
Their potential departures could open the door for McKennie to join the Tottenham camp next month. However, the Lilywhites may face stiff competition from Leeds United in the pursuit of the former Schalke starlet, with Marcelo Bielsa identifying him as the ideal upgrade over Mateusz Klich.
It also remains to be seen whether a fee of €25 million will be enough to satiate Juventus, who value the player highly and are expected to do everything they can to keep hold of the 23-year-old this January.