Report: Tottenham's hopes of signing £34m midfielder may have just been ended by Paul Pogba
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Report: Tottenham's hopes of signing £34m midfielder may have just been ended by Paul Pogba

Tottenham Hotspur transfer guru Fabio Paratici has been a long-term admirer of Juventus’ Weston McKennie and even brought the player from German side Schalke. 

Paratici has been linked with moving for the midfielder once again over the past two windows but the Daily Mail reports that Spurs’ hopes of signing McKennie may have been ended by Paul Pogba’s recent injury

Juventus announced that Pogba has not travelled with the squad to Dallas after a problem with his right knee and this could be bad news for Tottenham’s hopes of signing McKennie. 

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Tottenham’s McKennie hopes ended by Pogba injury 

The Daily Mail reports that Spurs are interested in signing McKennie but there hopes may have been ended by Pogba’s injury

Tottenham have been eyeing a move for the 23-year-old for over a year and Juventus would be willing to sell him for around £34 million.

But this has now been ‘complicated’ by Pogba’s injury and Massimiliano Allegri may now want to keep the American midfielder as a back-up option. 

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Paratici has been looking at bringing McKennie to Spurs ever since he made the switch from Turn last summer.

The North London side wanted the Juve man back in January but ended up signing Rodrigo Bentancur instead. 

Antonio Conte has already added another midfielder to his squad this summer after the signing of Yves Bissouma from Brighton. 

The Italian boss now has an array of options for the central midfield role, including Oliver Skipp and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. 

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – MARCH 16: Brighton & Hove Albion’s Danny Welbeck (centre) vies for possession with Tottenham Hotspur’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (left) and Rodrigo Bentancur (right) during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at American Express Community Stadium on December 16, 2021 in Brighton, England. (Photo by David Horton – CameraSport via Getty Images)

TBR’s View: McKennie is too similar to what Spurs already have 

After adding Bissouma, Spurs now have four excellent options in midfield to play the box-to-box role Conte demands. If the club were to move for McKennie, they would then have five similar players battling for two spots in the team. 

If Tottenham were to sign a midfielder, it would make more sense to sign an attack-minded one to allow Conte to change the shape to play with a number ten. There’s no doubting McKennie’s quality, but unless Spurs sell one of their midfielders, the move doesn’t make much sense at this moment in time. 

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