Tottenham have taken a hit as Bournemouth are reportedly the front runners to sign Spurs midfield target Weston McKennie in January.
McKennie has been one of the most frequently linked players with Tottenham of late. That he is a quality Serie A player is one of the main reasons there is so much apparent interest.
Antonio Conte has made it no secret that he likes to work with players from the Italian top flight. Half of the players Conte has signed during his time with the north London outfit have come from Serie A.
A lot have been mooted since, too. The Spurs manager has stated on multiple occasions that he is keen to bring in more new talent to the club this season.
McKennie is one of the main Serie A names to have been linked, also on that list are Alessandro Bastoni, Milan Skriniar and Nicolo Zaniolo, among others.
It has appeared that an offer is looming for the American from Spurs for some time. Indeed, he could be the latest Serie A star that Conte moulds into a quality Premier League player.
However, if they are to go through with their pursuit, it may not be one that is uncontested.
Of late, Liverpool have been tipped to attempt to sign McKennie on a loan deal.
Shock suitor, Bournemouth, in lead for McKennie
However, it is a side far smaller than Tottenham or Liverpool that are at the head of the queue. Indeed, a report from Calciomercato states that it is Bournemouth who have taken the ‘most concrete steps’ towards the transfer.
The Cherries are reported to have been in contact with Juventus over the move. In fact, they are said to be making their first official offer ‘in a few days’.
The equation seems to be simple for any interested side. Indeed, Calciomercato states Juventus’ ‘clear’ plan is to sell their midfielder for €35-40million (approx £31-35.5million), to ‘mitigate losses’.
As such, if Bournemouth can pay that, then they could find themselves on the road to a simple transfer for a quality player.
Bournemouth finances come into view
The main question surrounding the Cherries’ apparent pursuit of McKennie is whether they could afford him.
Their record signing was in the region of £26million for Jefferson Lerma in 2018. To land McKennie, it seems they would need to pay at least £5million more than that.
Their recent takeover could mean that more funds will become available to manager Gary O’Neil. Whether that will mean they are able to afford a player like McKennie remains to be seen.
Bill Foley is said to be keen on giving the manager significant funds in order to improve.
As such, while it would sound unlikely, a transfer for McKennie could be one that is not out of reach. It would certainly be a statement if the Cherries were able to beat big names like Tottenham and Liverpool to the transfer.
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