Date: 3rd June 2022 at 2:47pm
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Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in Juventus and United States midfielder Weston McKennie.

What’s the word?

That is according to Alasdair Gold of Football.London, who says that Spurs’ director of football Fabio Paratici met with the Juventus man’s representatives back in January, with talks of a potential summer move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

According to the same report, a move depends on how much Juventus are willing to let the United States international leave for, with the 23-year-old having been a regular in the side up until he suffered a metatarsal fracture in February.

He is currently valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt.

Potentially the end of Winks

It has been well publicised that Antonio Conte has been looking for a forward-thinking midfielder for Spurs ahead of next season’s Premier League and Champions League campaign, and having had success with the transfers of Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus, it is little wonder as to why Paratici and Conte would be interested in another player from the Italian giants.

However, the signing of McKennie might not be good news for everybody at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with the purchase of the 23-year-old likely to spell the end for Harry Winks, with Spurs likely to need to offload players in order to bring in quality additions.

When comparing McKennie and Winks, the current Juventus man is likely to offer more of a goal-threat than his English counterpart, having scored three goals this season whilst Winks couldn’t find the back of the net this campaign, according to FBref.

The same stats provider further backs up Conte’s desire for a more attack-minded midfielder, with McKennie taking 58 touches in the opponent’s penalty area this campaign, whilst Winks has only taken three, suggesting that his reluctance to drive forward into attacking positions for the Lilywhites could spell the end of his time in North London.

Even defensively, the Juventus man ranks better across the board than the former England international, with FBref suggesting that McKennie has won 17 tackles, made 279 pressures, and made 26 blocks, whilst Winks could only win seven tackles, make 145 pressures, and 18 blocks.

WhoScored have given the United States man a 6.68 rating for the whole season, whilst Winks comes in at 6.39, further suggesting that the Juventus man would be the better option for Conte’s side going forward.

It would seem as though it’s a no brainer that Conte would prefer to have McKennie in his side for the coming season, with the only stumbling block being how much Spurs would have to pay for the £22.5m-rated man.

The 32-time US international had come in for praise from his former Schalke manager David Wagner, during his time at the club.

“He has embraced this role of taking on more responsibility on the pitch,” commented Wagner.

“He is a leader.”

But the fact that Spurs are being linked with a multitude of midfielders, suggests that Winks’ days in N17 may well be numbered.

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