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Tottenham In Talks With Juventus Over A Swap Deal For Midfield Ace: Does It Make Sense?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Tuttosport, as cited by Sport Witness, Tottenham are in the market for Weston McKennie. They are even in talks with Juventus over a rather shocking swap deal involving the American midfielder and Moussa Sissoko. It appears the Italian giants are interested in the services of Sissoko, and also they are open to permanently selling McKennie as an alternative, with Aston Villa and Crystal Palace reportedly keen.

Moussa Sissoko: A Tottenham Outcast

Moussa Sissoko has had a difficult couple of years at Tottenham Hotspur, especially after the departure of Mauricio Pochettino. He has lost his place in the first-team, often playing as a second or third fiddle behind the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Winks.

The Frenchman started in only 15 Premier League matches last season under Jose Mourinho and is yet to even feature in a single minute of the new campaign. It appears he has been ostracized by new manager Nuno Espirito Santo, just like his compatriot Tanguy Ndombele.

The departure of Sissoko, therefore, is unlikely to faze Tottenham. There has been a lot of criticism over the midfielder’s lack of ability on the ball that doesn’t tune in well with Nuno’s tactical philosophy that requires two ball-oriented midfielders controlling things in the middle of the park.

Sissoko’s current contract in north London expires in 2023. And while a move to Juventus might not make too much sense from anyone’s perspective, it is a deal that Spurs certainly won’t mind agreeing to, especially if it comes in favour of McKennie moving to London.

Tottenham are in the market for Weston McKennie - Sissoko is a swap candidate.
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Weston McKennie: A Sensible Option For The Club?

Regarded as one of the most promising players in US Soccer at the moment, Weston McKennie is certainly worth the outlay for Tottenham Hotspur. The youngster had shown a lot of promise during his time at Schalke and could do the same in the Premier League.

A central midfielder by trade, McKennie could prove to be Spurs’ missing link in midfield. His ability to carry the ball in midfield, operate at half-spaces or offer energy in the second line of press should combine well with the more robust and defensive nature of Hojbjerg.

It will ultimately add some much-needed variety to the Tottenham midfield. Not to mention, it may give Lo Celso or Dele Alli the freedom to express themselves more in the final third.

Hence, the Lilywhites must do everything they can to sanction this swap deal which could go a long way in filtering the squad and giving Nuno an exciting bunch to work with for the new season.

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