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Weston McKennie transfer latest as Villa ‘chasing’ €30m January move

Aston Villa were strongly linked with an array of central midfielders in the final weeks of the summer transfer window, with Weston McKennie one name that looked most likely to make a move right up until deadline day.

Alas, a departure from Juventus did not transpire in August, but recent reports are claiming that Villa ‘will look’ to revive a deal for the United States international when the winter window opens in four months’ time.

Reports in Italy have previously stated that Villa are not the only fans of the player, with Premier League rivals Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace also said to have been interested in a move for the former Schalke man.

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Italian media outlets Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport suggested this summer that Dean Smith’s side were willing to pay €30million to sign the 22-year-old last month.

Were this to be the case, Juventus would be making a significant profit on the initial €18.5 million they paid to make the 22-year-old’s loan from Schalke permanent in March.

The midfielder, who is under contract until 2025, was withdrawn at half-time in his first appearance under new manager Massimiliano Allegri in the defeat to Emploi before the international break.

This could be one to watch over the coming months in the lead up to the winter transfer window opening on January 1st.

Here’s the latest on McKennie…

What’s the latest?

According to the Sun, Villa are already preparing to make their move when the winter window opens at the start of 2022.

The report says that Villa ‘will look’ at a deal for the American, who has been told by his club that he is available for sale ‘as soon as possible.’

It is claimed that McKennie was available in the summer, but Juventus were demanding a deal that would see the player go out on loan with a mandatory purchase option at the end of it, something that no club would agree to.

What’s happened during the summer window?

Villa were reportedly ready to meet Juventus’ demands for the midfielder.

Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur had also been linked with moves for McKennie and, according to Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), the Villans were willing to pay €30million to sign him.

The same reports claimed McKennie wasn’t overly keen on moving to Villa Park in the previous transfer window, though, and was waiting to see what offers arrived before making a decision.

Why do Villa want him?

McKennie is a midfielder and Villa were heavily linked with players who can play in the centre in the summer.

James Ward-Prowse was taken off the market when he signed a new contract with Southampton.

Sander Berge and Harry Winks of Sheffield United and Tottenham Hotspur respectively were also mentioned as potential targets.

He would add depth and quality to a midfield that was rotated last season.

What’s his pedigree?

McKennie, a 25-cap United States international, began his career with Schalke having joined the Germans in 2016 from FC Dallas.

He made 91 appearances before leaving the club for Juventus.

Often deployed in central midfield – and he can play further back – McKennie has appeared 47 times for Juventus.

Goals and assists aren’t his game, with only 11 and ten of each coming so far.

Should Villa make a move for McKennie? Have your say in the comments section below…

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