Ahead of the January transfer window, Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Juventus and United States international midfielder Weston McKennie as newly appointed manager Antonio Conte looks to strengthen his squad.
According to Calcio Mercato, Juventus midfielder McKennie is available for around £20 million Euros this summer, a fee that could be seen as a snip within the modern day transfer market and represents truly outstanding value.
The former Schalke man enjoyed a fine campaign with the Italian side last term, bagging five goals and two assists in 34 Serie A matches, but has struggled to become a regular fixture in Massimiliano Allegri, who replaced Andrea Pirlo this summer, in the first choice XI.
Instead, the Italian has tended to prefer the likes of Adrien Rabiot, Rodrigo Bentancur and new signing Manuel Locatelli in the central midfield starting berths.
Should Spurs sign McKennie?
The United States international is an energetic, technically gifted and dynamic player and would be an intriguing signing for Antonio Conte if signed, capable of playing as either a number six, eight and ten. If signed, he would compete with the likes of Pierre Emile Hojberg, Oliver Skipp, Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele and Dele Alli for a starting position within the Italian’s midfield.
The links linking the north London club to the American international has subsequently seen Spurs fans take to Twitter.
What did these Spurs fans make of the transfer link?
“I can see him operating successfully as a high pressing b2b CM under Conte, but I’m not keen on where this leaves us regarding Ndombele and Kessie. The three can’t play together (unless Conte uses Ndom as a DLP #6 which I don’t think he will)”
“Not even an upgrade on Hojbjerg”
“Get Luis Alberto or if you want to aim REALLY HIGH get Milinkovic Savic”
“As an American I would love this, COYS”
“Shut up about this Mckennie don man Conte defo don’t want this fool”
While the Italian tactician has his list of transfer targets, club sporting director Fabio Paratici remains a huge admirer of McKennie and could make a move to sign the former Schalke player.
The futures of Dele Alli and Tanguy Ndombele remain to be seen while Giovanni Lo Celso continues to severely underperform, Tottenham may feel a move for the midfielder like McKennie, who offers a real physical presence as well an attacking thrust, could prove to be an incredibly astute one.