Aston Villa and their Premier League rivals are reportedly “preparing” a move for Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie.
Italian media outlet Calciomercato claim that McKennie, valued at £25million by Juventus, is “destined” to depart his club in January.
McKennie has been heavily linked with a move to Villa and was also mentioned as a potential target for their Premier League rivals Burnley and Tottenham.
Reports domestically have claimed that Villa will go back in for McKennie, a midfielder who moved to Juventus from German side Schalke last year.
Initially signed on loan, Juve made the move permanent this year under Andrea Pirlo.
However, Pirlo has since been sacked and replaced by Massimiliano Allegri.
Allegri insisted that McKennie was to stay at Juventus and the player, contracted to the club until 2025, remained in Turin.
McKennie was taken off after 45 minutes of Juve’s embarrassing defeat to Empoli last time out and his time at Juventus looks up if the Italian giants can find a buyer for the 23 year-old.
Villa were heavily linked with a move for a midfielder in the summer transfer window but did not sign one with some supporters still unsure if Dean Smith ‘s side are short in that area of the squad.
James Ward-Prowse was heavily linked with a move to Villa but he signed a new contract with Southampton to end speculation about his future at his boyhood club.
McKennie, if he does get signed by Villa in January, would add competition in midfield for John McGinn, Morgan Sanson, Douglas Luiz, Jacob Ramsey, Marvelous Nakamba and Carney Chukwuemeka.
McKennie cost around £16m when Juventus made his loan move from Schalke a permanent one and has scored six times in 43 appearances for the club.
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