The transfer window may have closed for the summer but it appears Tottenham Hotspur are already planning ahead…
According to Sportmediaset’s Claudio Raimondi (via Calciomercato.it), Spurs are among the favourites to secure AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie on a free transfer next year.
It’s thought that Premier League rivals Chelsea are also keen on sealing the 24-year-old and both teams have offered more than his current club.
The report suggests that Spurs have offered a yearly salary between €7m (£6m) and €8m (£6.8m), whilst the Italian giants are stuck at just €7m (£6m).
Kessie is currently valued at €40m (£34m), per CIES Football Observatory, so the Lilywhites would be making quite the statement if they can manage to secure him for nothing.
There may be a while before the 44-time Ivory Coast international can come in and make an impact in north London but that shouldn’t put sporting director Fabio Paratici and co from launching a move.
6-foot in stature, Kessie has the ability to contribute at either end of the pitch, making him an ideal candidate to partner Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg or Oliver Skipp in Nuno Santo’s engine room for the long term.
As per WhoScored, the Milan midfielder ended the 2020/21 campaign as their fourth highest-rated player (7.15), having found the net 13 times – a feat only bettered by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
He also averaged 1.4 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 1.2 dribbles per league outing, which only reinforces his box-to-box qualities. Evidently, Kessie appears to be an industrious presence in the middle, getting back to help defend as well as contributing with goals in attack.
Milan head coach Stefano Piolo lauded the 24-year-old “a complete player” and he’s not the first manager to do so. “He is an extraordinary player, a sublime intelligence,” once claimed Vincenzo Montella.
Spurs enjoyed a pretty remarkable summer under Paratici’s control, getting rid of much of the deadwood but also bringing in some exciting young names.
Kessie would surely add to his growing list of accomplishments in N17, and to get him without having to pay a fee, too. It would be another masterclass from the Italian supremo.