The return of Paul Pogba to Juventus will push Tottenham target Weston McKennie closer to a transfer this summer, according to a report.
Pogba will run his contract down at Old Trafford this summer and he will officially become a free agent on July 1. The midfielder though does have irons in the fire and his representative Rafaela Pimenta is understood to have met with Juve on Monday.
Pimenta though has insisted Pogba was not the subject of the meeting with the Bianconeri. But the respected lawyer did state there was an “agreement between the clubs”.
“The subject of the meeting was not Pogba. If we wanted to talk to Pogba, we would need to speak to Manchester United. It’s a gentleman’s agreement between the clubs.”
Of course Pogba, 29, left United for Juventus in 2012, before United re-signed the player for £89m in 2016.
Now Juve, per Football Italia, have offered Pogba a €7.5m-a-year deal until 2025. However, there is no agreement as yet , with Pogba chasing a salary of €11m a year.
Reports in Italy claim that Juve are confident of reaching an agreement for the France World Cup winner.
And that would push McKennie out of the Allianz Stadium, according to Tuttosport and Gazzetta dello Sport.
The USMNT star has been linked with a move to Tottenham.
Antonio Conte is set to make another move on the Old Lady after landing Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski in January. According to Calciomercato, Spurs are seriously looking into a deal for midfielder McKennie.
The 23-year-old has been injured since February with an ankle problem and Juve officials are ready to listen to offers for him.
The report claims McKennie will not be a regular starter in Turin next season under Max Allegri. It could well be that Pogba, who won four Scudettos in Turin takes his place.
That leaves the former Schalke star far from “untouchable”. And Conte looks primed to pounce on a midfielder, whose potential matches that of his two previous signings from Juve.
Both Bentancur and Kulusevski have proved to be inspired additions to Conte’s squad. Both have asserted themselves in the first XI with the latter returning some great numbers.
The Sweden star has scored three goals and grabbed eight assists as Spurs close in on a top-four finish.