Out of favour Juventus midfielder snubs Aston Villa in favour of move to Chelsea or Tottenham

Weston McKennie, Mattia de Sciglio of Juventus Credit: Alamy
Weston McKennie, Mattia de Sciglio of Juventus Credit: Alamy

Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie has reportedly turned down a move to Aston Villa as he waits for bids from Tottenham, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund. 

Unai Emery had put the American at the top of his transfer shortlist, so this development will come as a big blow to him and the Villa faithful.

Bournemouth had also registered an interest in the 24-year-old, but with McKennie keen to join a team competing in Europe, it seems both Villa and the Cherries will have to look elsewhere.

According to TuttoSportEmery was willing to satisfy Juventus’ demands of a €30m (£26.54m) transfer fee for McKennie, but the player has since rejected their approach.

McKennie has failed to secure a regular spot in Massimiliano Allegri’s starting XI this season, despite the Italian club spending €20,5m (£18.1m) on him in 2021.

Overall, he has featured 94 times for the Old Lady, scoring 13 goals and making four assists in the process.

However, the midfielder now finds himself behind Adrien Rabiot and Manuel Locatelli in the pecking order.

He did start in Juve’s recent match against Napoli, but McKennie put in a lacklustre performance as his team were thrashed 5-1 by the Serie A league leaders.

It’s understandable that McKennie would favour a move to Chelsea, Spurs or Dortmund, given that they regularly compete in Europe and are miles ahead of Aston Villa in terms of quality.

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Tottenham are in the market for a new midfielder after Antonio Conte made it clear his squad is not currently good enough to challenge for trophies.

The Italian manager has had to rely on the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Yves Bissouma, Oliver Skipp and Pape Matar Sarr in the middle of the park this season, but with Skipp and Sarr not yet up to the standards Conte expects, they need to strengthen in that area.

McKennie is a player with experience of playing at the highest level. During his time in Turin, he has made 18 appearances in the Champions League and has also become a regular in the United States national team.

The centre midfielder has also won a Coppa Italia and a Supercoppa Italiana with Juve, as well as winning the U.S. Soccer Player of the Year award in 2020, so there is no doubting his quality.

Conte knows him well from his time managing Inter Milan, so it would make sense for Spurs to move for him this month.

Chelsea are also in the market for a new centre-mid. Jorginho, who has been a key player for the Blues, is expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, while N’Golo Kante has also been linked with a summer departure.

Conor Gallagher and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also being looked at by Newcastle, so the need for Graham Potter to make additions in the middle of the park is becoming more pressing by the day.

Neither Chelsea nor Tottenham have made a bid for McKennie yet, but with these recent developments they may be persuaded into doing so.

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