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Tottenham interested in signing Weston McKennie from Juventus, but that could spell bad news for Oliver Skipp

According to Italian outlet Calciomercato (h/t ESPN), Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing USMNT and Juventus midfielder Weston Mckennie after his impressive performances with the national team at the FIFA World Cup.

Spurs sporting director Fabio Paratici is believed to be a huge fan of the midfielder and could potentially go for the player in the summer, especially considering the ongoing issues at Juventus.

The entire board of Juventus resigned a few days back and it provides the perfect opportunity for clubs to target top players on the Italian side.

Juventus have set an asking price for Weston McKennie. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)
Juventus have set an asking price for Weston McKennie. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

McKennie is one such talent who had somehow fallen out of favour towards the end of the first half of the season under Massimilano Allegri. However, Paratici was at Juventus during the transfer of McKennie and hence is fully aware of the qualities that the player possesses.

An avid runner with an eye for a goal, it is pretty comprehensible to see the rise of the USMNT international since he made his move permanent in 2021 for a reported fee of €18.5 million.

It has been reiterated by Football London journalist Alaistair Gold, who while speaking to Gold and Guest Talk Tottenham Podcast believes that Spurs’ interest in the USA international should not lead to the detriment of rising star Olivier Skipp.

“I hope someone like Oliver Skipp doesn’t have to be loaned out and that he will get opportunities.

“But you see the links with Weston McKennie and he’s someone [Fabio] Paratici absolutely adores, so it does worry me that someone comes in and then there’s no room and you send Skipp out to a Premier League team which would be such a shame.”

Oliver Skipp has played a bit-part role for Tottenham Hotspur this season.
Oliver Skipp has played a bit-part role for Tottenham Hotspur this season. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Skipp is one of the few players from the club academy who has grasped the opportunity of playing for the first time with both hands. With a loan spell at Villareal before, Skipp has everything required from a modern-day midfielder and the club is aware of the prospect that they have in mind.

Pierre-Emile Hojberg, Rodrigo Bentacur and Yves Bissouma are established first-team players of the squad and if McKennie is added to the mix, there would definitely be a problem to provide essential minutes to Skipp, which is crucial for him at this stage of his career.

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It will be interesting to see how this pans out and whether Paratici is able to fulfil his wish with the January transfer window less than a month away.

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