Weston McKennie is being heavily linked with a move to Aston Villa.
According to reports in Italy, Villa are a fan of the Juventus midfielder with Premier League rivals Everton, Tottenham and Crystal Palace all said to be keen on a move for the former Schalke man.
Italian media outlet Gazzetta has reported that new Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri is likely not to play McKennie in his team now that he has replaced Andrea Pirlo, who signed McKennie last year.
The United States international initially signed on loan before making the move to Juventus permanent for around £15 million in March.
It is being claimed that Juve want around £25m for the player, who is under contract in Turin until 2025.
This could be one to watch ahead of transfer deadline day with Villa having until 11pm on Tuesday night to complete any outstanding deals.
Here’s the latest on McKennie…
What’s being said?
According to Italian website Tuttosport, via Sport Witness, Villa and Premier League rivals Crystal Palace are keen on signing the player.
However, McKennie is said to need convincing about swapping Italy for England.
Tottenham, who are holding on to Harry Kane this summer, could seal the deal with a swap deal for Moussa Sissoko.
Villa, meanwhile, are said to be ‘determined’ to bring the player in.
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Why do Villa want him?
McKennie is a midfielder and Villa have been heavily linked with players who can play in the centre this summer.
James Ward-Prowse was taken off the market when he signed a new contract with Southampton last week.
Sander Berge and Harry Winks of Sheffield United and Tottenham Hotspur respectively have also been mentioned as potential targets this summer.
He would add depth and quality to a midfield that was rotated last season.
What’s his pedigree?
McKennie, a 24-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 46 times for Juventus.
Goals and assists aren’t his game, with only 11 and ten of each coming so far.
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