CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs has revealed that Fabio Paratici met with Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie in January of this year to discuss a potential switch to Tottenham.

Over recent days, multiple reports from Italy 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 Paratici might be set to raid his former club again.

This was followed up a report in Il Bianconero, which revealed that Juventus could decide to cash in on the midfielder in January.

The report explained that the Old Lady may decide to move McKennie on to free space for their top target, Rodrigo De Paul, and added that Tottenham hold a ‘strong’ interest in the 24-year-old.

Jacobs has now taken to social media to reveal that the Juve star will only make a decision on his future after the World Cup.

The journalist stated that Massimiliano Allegri’s men want £20m for McKennie but added that Antonio Conte remains ‘undecided’ on whether to make a move for the player.

Jacobs wrote on Twitter: “Weston McKennie won’t seriously consider his future until after the World Cup. The Premier League is of huge appeal to him and links with Spurs are long-standing. Fabio Paratici spearheaded McKennie’s move to Juventus from Schalke and met with him last January to explore a move.

“Juventus are open to sale for the right price (£20 million+). But Spurs (& Antonio Conte in particular) still undecided whether to move. McKennie’s form has been inconsistent. He does have huge potential and is particularly well-suited in a 3-5-2, which Conte has been using.

“Several Premier League clubs have scouted McKennie, including Newcastle, Leeds, Everton and Arsenal. But none have advanced interest yet. He’s a player who could well move to England in January but right now there is nothing advanced from any potential Premier League suitors.”

Spurs Web Opinion

If Conte was keen on snapping up McKennie, one would have expected Spurs to make a move for the Juve star in the summer. 

When I listen to the Italian speak, I get the feeling that he wants to use a 3-4-3 as often as possible and would only deploy a 3-5-2 under certain circumstances.

If that is indeed the case, perhaps Conte will want to beef up the forward line further rather than signing another midfielder.

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