Journalist claims alleged Conte midfield target is also on Chelsea radar

Journalist Simon Phillips has claimed that Chelsea could make a move for Tottenham transfer target Weston McKennie during the January transfer window.

Multiple reports from Italy over recent days have backed Tottenham to make a move for McKennie when the transfer window reopens.

Calciomercato reported earlier this month that Spurs continue to hold a concrete interest in the USA international and added that Fabio Paratici might be set to raid his former club again in January.

This was followed up by a report in Il Bianconero, which revealed Juventus could decide to cash in on the midfielder in order to free space in their wage bill for their top target- Atletico Madrid’s Rodrigo De Paul. The report added that Tottenham continues to hold a ‘strong’ interest in the 24-year-old.

If Phillips’ latest update is to be believed, Spurs could face a challenge from Chelsea for McKennie’s signature, with the former Schalke man said to be one of several options on the Blues’ radar.

The journalist told GiveMeSport: “I’ve been told at the moment, Chelsea are looking at Edson Alvarez from Ajax, Moises Caicedo from Brighton, Weston McKennie from Juventus, and Bruno Guimaraes from Newcastle. The latter seems ambitious.

“Chelsea have a shortlist of midfielders they are looking at for a priority area in January, and again in the summer.

“Declan Rice is more possible come the summer rather than in January, same goes for Jude Bellingham, but I think he goes to either Liverpool or Real Madrid.”

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If Spurs do face competition from the likes of Chelsea for McKennie, perhaps Paratici’s relationship with the Juve hierarchy would give the North London club the upper hand. 

However, it remains to be seen if McKennie is at the top of Conte’s wishlist, given that other midfielders were more heavily linked with Spurs in the summer.

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