According to DiMarzio, Tottenham is one of several clubs interested in McKennie. Spurs director of football Fabio Paratici is very familiar with the midfielder, having signed him when he was Juventus’ chief football officer last year. DiMarzio also says that Juventus is looking at Borussia Dortmund’s Axel Witsel as a possible replacement for McKennie, should he leave.
DiMarzio adds that any move for Witsel would depend on offers Juventus receives for McKennie. There was no mention of the other interested clubs, or Juventus’ valuation of McKennie at this time. Last year when Juventus signed McKennie, initially on loan from Schalke, the club reportedly valued him as high as €25.5 million (£21.8 million) including a loan fee and escalators.
It is unclear whether or not McKennie joining would depend on outgoings at Tottenham, but he would be a useful addition to a team that may again have a high number of matches to play. That said, this one does not seem like a certain thing just yet and could be another example of Paratici’s reported method of exploring as many deals as possible.
Update, 6:34p GMT: Fabrizio Romano reports that there is very little outside of interest from Spurs for McKennie — no talks, no bid — alongside an urelated nugget about Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.
Tottenham have been offered the chance of signing Houssem Aouar as new midfielder, Arsenal too. First answer from Spurs has been clear: he’s NOT a priority, so no talks and no bid as of now. Same for McKennie. ⚪️ #THFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 25, 2021
…but Aouar will be one to keep an eye on till the end.