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Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur sent scouts to watch Juventus take on Atalanta on Saturday amid reports linking Weston McKennie with a move to the Premier League duo, as reported by Calciomercato

To say McKennie has been arguably Juventus’s best midfielder in recent weeks would be like describing ‘The Squeakquel’ as the finest movie in the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise. He wins almost by default. 

And it’s not as if there’s much competition for that particular gong.

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Juventus have more problems right now than Jay-Z and a lack of creativity, energy, presence and thrust in the middle of the park is just one of them. 

Rodrigo Bentancur has stalled, Adrien Rabiot and Manuel Locatelli are struggling to exert an influence in ill-fitting roles while the injury-prone Arthur appears to be little more than a £66 million drain on Juve’s already dwindling resources. 

According to Sky, Juventus posted debts in the region of £300 million following the COVID-19 pandemic – a fact which may explain why Andrea Agnelli, the club’s chairman, was the driving force behind that monstrous, money-grabbing Super League project. 

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Therefore, it is understood that Juventus would not stand in McKennie’s way if they receive a bid in the region of £30 million for the versatile USA international – a fee that will not put off either West Ham or Tottenham, if Calciomercato are to be believed. 

Fabio Paratici, Spurs’ managing director, was the one who brought McKennie to Italy in the first place.

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Antonio Conte, meanwhile, is also a big fan of a player he has likened in private to former Juve enforcer Arturo Vidal (Gazzetta dello Sport).

Aston Villa are interested too, having tried and failed to sign McKennie in the summer of 2020.

The former Schalke youngster was reported to be keen on a move to Villa Park before receiving an offer he simply couldn’t refuse from a side who, at the time, were basking in the glory of a ninth successive Serie A title. 

Calciomercato does not make it clear whether scouts working on behalf Aston Villa or Spurs were in attendance at the Allianz Stadium to watch McKennie. But it certainly doesn’t feel like a coincidence. 

The Texan-born 23-year-old was the only player on the pitch to be linked with Villa or Tottenham in recent months after all.

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