£25m-rated Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie turned down Aston Villa in 2021 but could eventually end up in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur, according to Calciomercato.
Is this the most talented generation of footballers to ever play for the United States at a World Cup?
Ahead of Monday’s Group B opener with Wales, USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter can choose his roster from a squad of players representing Arsenal, AC Milan, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Celtic, Valencia, Lille and Juventus.
McKennie, just 24, is already one of the most capped members of this rising team. He is expected to start against Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and co. And this, despite the entrances and exits of a booming Juventus team in recent weeks.
McKennie could even find himself playing for his future in Qatar. According to Calciomercato, Juve are open to offers for the ex-Schalke enforcer. That is, assuming someone is willing to shell out around £25m for a player who, while energetic, tenacious and versatile, arguably lacks the technique required to truly thrive in the heart of a midfield. field of Juventus.
Tottenham love Weston McKennie, former Aston Villa target from Juventus
The report adds that Tottenham “remain attentive” to McKennie’s situation. Spurs chief Fabio Paratici has been a key figure in the American’s move to Turin in the summer of 2020.
“McKennie is a very exuberant and very intelligent boy. He has been in Europe for several years”, Paratici once said of the former Texas-born Schalke favorite.
“We expect a lot from him because he is a boy who is already at a good level.”
McKennie, who can play an attacking or defensive role in the center of the park and boasts a more than respectable goalscoring record, turned down a number of offers to challenge for his place at Juventus around a year ago.
Monaco held talks. Aston Villa, adds CM, was then in pole position. McKennie is therefore unlikely to give up his Juventus career without a fight.
“Weston McKennie is an incredibly gifted player” says former USA, Spurs and Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel. “Very good. In my opinion, he is our best player.
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