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AC Milan’s Franck Kessie can fill Spurs’ Mousa Dembele void

Tottenham Hotspur have offered reported transfer target Franck Kessie an attractive financial package to try and tempt him to north London, according to reports…

What’s the word?

Italian outlet Calciomercato claim Spurs have put an offer of €8m-per-year (£6.8m) on the table, which is a substantial increase on what his current club AC Milan have proposed.

It’s thought that the Ivory Coast international would like at least €7m-per-year (£5.9m) guaranteed and that he has rejected the Serie A outfit’s offer of just €5m-per-year (£4.3m) for the first three years of a five-year deal.

Would Kessie be an upgrade on Skipp?

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The Lilywhites’ offer equates to around £140k-per-week, which would see him sit amongst Nuno Santo’s current top earners and it more than the likes of Eric Dier (£72k-per-week), Lucas Moura (£80k-per-week) and Dele Alli (£100k-per-week), per Spotrac.

However, Mauricio Pochettino’s Paris Saint-Germain are also interested, whilst Premier League rivals Chelsea and Liverpool have been mooted elsewhere.

Forget Skipp

Nuno’s midfield was rather exposed last weekend as his side picked up their first league defeat of the season in an embarrassing manner. Spurs’ ten-men were played off the park by then-winless Crystal Palace.

A trio of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Harry Winks and Oliver Skipp just had no balance whatsoever and it’s a problem because that tweak was only made due to injuries, so it suggests that there is a lack of true strength in the Portuguese’s depth options.

Someone like ex-Spurs star Mousa Dembele would’ve been exactly what they would’ve needed on the day and that’s something that Kessie could bring to the north Londoners, if signed in January – or beyond.

Skipp, in particular, has endured some mixed performances after being handed the reins by Nuno and at just 20, there’s still so much more to come but perhaps he shouldn’t be playing every single game.

He’s currently their lowest-rated player (6.56) of anyone to start three or more matches this term, which only goes to show his inconsistencies so far.

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Kesse, however, is a bundling box-to-box powerhouse who can influence the game at either end of the pitch – an ability that none of Saturday’s three possesses.

The 25-year-old beast found the net 13 times last season, and he also provided four assists and averaged 1.4 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 1.2 dribbles each league outing, as per WhoScored.

Only Zlatan Ibrahimovic (15) scored more at the San Siro.

It’s why he has been lauded as a “complete” and “devastating” player in the past by those that have coached and watched him, namely current boss Stefano Pioli and former striker Antonio Cassano, respectively.

Spurs sporting director Fabio Paratici should know that he’ll be able to land the £36m-rated enforcer for a bargain price in January, with a fee of just £7.5m being mooted.

Forget Skipp, the Italian supremo would be foolish to not push ahead with the plans to secure Kessie in 2022.

AND in other news, Paratici can make amends for Spurs summer disaster with swoop for £30m-rated “machine”…

Article title: AC Milan’s Franck Kessie can fill Spurs’ Mousa Dembele void

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