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Transfer Latest: Weston McKennie linked with $55m move to Tottenham Hotspur

Several reports have surfaced today linking Juventus and USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie with a big-money switch to Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur.

According to the rumors, the hierarchy at Spurs held tentative talks with their counterparts at Juventus in a bid to explore a move for the highly-rated 22-year-old.

Recently appointed Tottenham Director of Football Fabio Paratici was instrumental in bringing McKennie from Schalke 04 to Turin back in 2019 and now the pair could be set for a reunion in north London.

 

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McKennie – a 24-times capped United States international – spent three full seasons in the Bundesliga with Schalke before Juventus agreed a deal to sign him two years ago.

The midfielder initially joined the Old Lady on a season-long loan before the Serie A giants triggered the $30m option to buy in his contract in March.

New Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo is believed to be in the market for new recruits as the end of the summer transfer window approaches and the combative and athletic McKennie has all the attributes to be a success in the faster-paced Premier League.

Juventus are trying hard to sign Manuel Locatelli from Sassuolo before the window slams shut and if the Italian international completes a switch, McKennie could find himself further down the pecking order at the club. That would in turn make a transfer to Tottenham even more appealing.

McKennie spent his formative years with the FC Dallas academy before opting to move to Germany in 2016. It didn’t take long for the Washington-born schemer to establish himself in Gelsenkirchen and McKennie made 75 Bundesliga appearances for Schalke before his high-profile transfer to Italy.

The 22-year-old was first capped by the USMNT back in 2017 when he played against Portugal on November 14 2017, and McKennie marked his debut in fine style with a goal against the European heavyweights.

McKennie could join a number of American players in the Premier League before the end of the month including Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic, Norwich’s Josh Sargent and Manchester City’s Zach Steffen.

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