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Another Twist In The Weston McKennie Transfer
Wednesday, 26th Aug 2020 19:28

Just as Saints thought they were getting close to signing Weston McKennie another hurdle has come up and it is one that we might not be able to overcome.

Saints thought they were almost home and dry with Schalke's Weston McKennie when they matched the asking price and Hertha Berlin dropped out of the running when the player declared that he wanted to play in the Premier League

Now that desire is likely to be tested with Italian Giants Juventus said to be interested in signing him.

Media outlet Sports 1 reports that Juventus have ‘suddenly got involved’ in the race for his signature.

They claim that Juve chief Fabio Paratici has already asked Schalke’s ‘squad planner’ Michael Reschke about McKennie and has made it clear they would be ‘willing’ to pay Schalke’s €25m asking price.

It’s also explained that ‘it is no longer a secret’ that McKennie wants to leave the German club, with him even left out of training and only permitted to take part in ‘individual units’ to avoid picking up an injury.

This might be a hurdle that Saints might not be able to overcome, Juventus secured their ninth consecutive Serie A title in the summer and have qualified for this seasons Champions League, will this prove too tempting for McKennie or does he truly want to play in the Premier League.

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kevleykeegle added 20:41 - Aug 26
There is evidence that Saints were interested but it is also clear that no offer was formally made. Seems to me the McKennie’s agent is the only one who has played a blinder. Everyone now knows about the player. Is he as good as people say? Who knows, but his transfer fee will reflect his hype. We’ve all been suckered by a well-oiled marketing campaign.

SaintPaulVW added 22:14 - Aug 26
Newsflash: Player who was never coming to Southampton, didn't come.

NewburySaint added 20:42 - Aug 27
I wouldn’t worry about this if it doesn’t happen because he’s not that good a player, definitely no better than Hojbjerg.

I have been watching the Bundesliga for a long time now and, despite his age, McKennie has been around a long time and looked promising to start with but has subsequently stagnated, maybe even gone back in his development.

Of course he may well become an excellent player but he’s far from that at the mo and so I wouldn’t like to see us waste our money.....again.

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