Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie has supposedly set a preference for his future that affects existing negotiations amid links with Tottenham, Chelsea and Bournemouth.
McKennie is facing an uncertain future at Juventus and his next step could be to join a Premier League club. In that regard, there are several potential options for him. Tottenham have been long-term admirers, for example.
However, they are facing competition from elsewhere in the Premier League. Chelsea have also been linked with the USMNT player, but a recent report suggested Bournemouth were in the lead for his signature.
Backed by new American owner Bill Foley, Bournemouth have reportedly made the most concrete move for McKennie so far.
But their optimism of an exciting signing to signal their new era could quickly fade. According to Corriere Dello Sport, the former Schalke star is not interested in joining Bournemouth.
Hence, their willingness to pay the asking price of up to €40million (£35.4million) might mean nothing. It is unlikely there will be any further negotiations between Bournemouth and Juventus.
That said, there is still a chance McKennie could end up in the Premier League. Per the Italian source, he is willing to hold out for Tottenham or Chelsea.
By joining either club, he could be competing in the Champions League again when the knockout stage commences in February.
McKennie would also consider a return to the Bundesliga, where Borussia Dortmund have shown some interest in him. Coincidentally, they will be Chelsea’s next Champions League opponents.
It seems McKennie views himself as a Champions League player, which means Bournemouth’s efforts to sign him should be in vain. They are currently 15th in the Premier League table after 17 games, sitting just two points above the relegation zone.
Over time, they will be hoping to establish themselves more comfortably in the top flight. But right now, players from Champions League clubs might be beyond their grasp.
Battle begins for Weston McKennie
Now, it is over to Tottenham, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund to battle it out for McKennie.
Spurs could be looking to add further to their midfield after signing Yves Bissouma in the summer but only integrating him gradually. Antonio Conte still seems to prefer Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Chelsea, meanwhile, might need to evolve their midfield given the ages and contract statuses of Jorginho and N’Golo Kante in particular.
And Borussia Dortmund, of course, are bracing themselves for interest in Jude Bellingham.
Hence, any club could have an opening in their midfield. They must now decide whether they are willing to meet Juventus’ requests.
McKennie is under contract in Turin until 2025. He has made 91 appearances for Juventus so far, scoring 13 goals and providing four assists.
This season, the number eight has played 16 times in all competitions, producing three goals and one assist.
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