Report suggests midfielder Conte would've targeted at Spurs
Antonio Conte would have wanted Spurs to target Weston McKennie had he taken the job at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a report from Calciomercato has suggested.
Conte remains a free agent. At one stage, it seemed virtually inevitable that he would be confirmed as Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor in North London.
However, talks fell through. According to Calciomercato, Spurs were not able to meet his demands.
Interestingly, Calciomercato appears to have dropped a hint regarding who Conte may have targeted had he taken the job.
The report notes that the Italian is a huge admirer of McKennie. And it is claimed that he would have pursued a move for the midfielder in his next role.
The 22-year-old has just finished his first year at Juventus. He initially joined on loan, but signed permanently in March.
According to ESPN, Juve paid an initial £16 million. That fee could increase by a further £5.6 million.
Spurs may not have needed convincing from Conte to consider McKennie as target
McKennie moving this summer is hard to imagine. He enjoyed an encouraging first year with the Old Lady.
Nevertheless, had Conte ended up at Spurs and suggested the USA international as a target, Tottenham may not have needed a lot of convincing.
Of course, incoming director Fabio Paratici was at Juventus when McKennie arrived in Turin.
Some Spurs fans seemed very happy about the links in December.
He looks to be an outstanding talent. He scored six goals this past season. And he featured all over the midfield.
It is also easy to forget how young he is. He only turns 23 in August. And yet, he has played in more than 100 games across the Bundesliga and Serie A.
Bringing him in would have been a real statement of intent from Tottenham. And it would have come after they had already landed Conte and Paratici.
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