What’s the speak?
That’s in line with a report by Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport (through The Metro), who declare that Edu has now held preliminary talks with the Juventus central midfielder’s agent, with the Serie A aspect believed to be keen to take heed to affords between €20m (£17.5m) and €25m (£22m) plus add-ons for the 24-year-old.
Nevertheless, the report goes on to counsel that the Gunners should not alone of their pursuit of the USMNT worldwide, with Aston Villa, AFC Bournemouth, Fulham, Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco additionally regarded as eager on the playmaker, nonetheless, it could look like Mikel Arteta‘s outfit who’re at the moment main the race for McKennie.
Contemplating the undoubted capacity McKennie fairly clearly possesses, coupled with the truth that Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur have beforehand labored wonders by signing a considerably out of favour Juve midfielder within the form of Rodrigo Bentancur, it’s not obscure why Arteta can be eager on a transfer for the American this month.
Certainly, over his 34 Serie A appearances in his debut marketing campaign with the Previous Girl again in 2020/21, the £31m-rated expertise proved simply how efficient he may be from midfield, scoring 5 objectives, registering two assists and creating 5 massive probabilities, along with taking a mean of 0.9 pictures, making 0.8 key passes and finishing 0.6 dribbles – at successful charge of 83% – per recreation.
The £54k-per-week maestro additionally caught the attention in metrics extra typical of his place that season, making a mean of 1 sort out, 0.8 interceptions, 0.7 clearances and successful 2.6 duels – at successful charge of 43% – per match, in addition to taking part in a mean of 0.7 lengthy balls, 0.9 chipped passes and finishing 18.9 complete passes – at successful charge of 85% – per fixture.
These returns noticed the 24-year-old who – Norwich Metropolis supervisor David Wagner dubbed a “leader” and Evan Cooper claimed can be an “absolute steal” for his asking worth – common an especially spectacular Sofascore statistical ranking of 6.86 again in 20/21.
Moreover, McKennie’s positional versatility would additionally come as an enormous increase to Arteta and his title hopefuls, with the previous Schalke supervisor and present RB Leipzig boss Domenico Tedesco stating of the American again in 2018:
“Weston isn’t just important to us for his goals. Even during those phases when it’s not going so well, he embodies everything that we strive to stand for. He has a good mentality, he’s powerful, down-to-earth and works hard – and he can play as a six, eight or 10. As long as he continues to work hard and keeps his feet on the ground, he’ll only get better. He’s just great!”
As such, it’s clear to see simply how helpful a participant McKennie can be within the present Arsenal aspect, whereas Edu will undoubtedly be hoping that the 24-year-old may show to grow to be his personal Bentancur-esque discovery – the £21.5m Spurs signing who at the moment ranks because the joint Twenty fifth-best participant within the Premier League and has a market valuation of £53m – at The Emirates.