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Spurs would be interested in Franck Kessie

Tottenham Hotspur could reignite their long-standing interest in Franck Kessie during the January transfer window, if Barcelona make him available for a move, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The former AC Milan powerhouse was hotly linked with a switch to north London upon the expiry of his contract at the San Siro but in the end, it was the LaLiga giants who won the race for his signature.

However, things have not gone to plan for the Ivory Coast international since the summer, having been restricted to just five starts behind La Masia duo Gavi and Pedri, as well as Sergio Busquets, who are also Spain’s engine room trio.

Spurs have once again been mooted with interest in the 25-year-old, with Sport claiming that the Premier League side are the front-runners to sign him, and O’Rourke believes he’s very much someone that sporting director Fabio Paratici would look to sign if possible.

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He told Football FanCast:

“Kessie’s been on Spurs’ radar for a while now, prior to his move to Barcelona.

“The move to Barcelona hasn’t worked out for Kessie and it does look like Barcelona could cut their losses on him.

“I think Tottenham, if they were alerted to him being available for maybe a cut-price fee, then it’s definitely something that they would look into.”

A new midfield enforcer isn’t going to be high on the priority list for Antonio Conte this winter but it would still be foolish to ignore a player of Kessie’s calibre.

Similar to players such as Adrien Rabiot, Conor Gallagher and Federico Valverde, according to FBref, the monstrous midfielder also ranks inside the top 10% of his positional peers across Europe for non-penalty goals per 90 – despite being a renowned penalty taker – as well as the top 5% for touches in the opposition box.

Clearly capable of delivering attacking contributions in a box-to-box role, Kessie has been lauded for his ability to make a devastating impact in the final third.

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A truly wasted talent...

“I want Kessie in my team, he scores, he assists, he has personality, he has quality, he doesn’t lose the ball, he’s intelligent. I’m watching him carefully, with Roma it was devastating,” ex-Milan striker Antonio Cassano told Bobo TV (via MilanLive).

“It reminds me of the Yaya Toure of the best times. He is a different player but in terms of impact. He is holding Milan’s midfield alone.”

It’s also why writer Sacha Pisani describe him as a “beast“.

On that evidence, if the £105k-per-week star does become available, then Paratici and Spurs must look to finally bring him to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this winter.