Tottenham Hotspur continue to be named among the potential suitors for Franck Kessie in 2022…
According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica (via FC Inter 1908), AC Milan are now getting ready to lose their leading midfielder, with his contract set to expire at the end of the current campaign.
It’s thought that the Ivory Coast international has decreased his yearly salary demands from €8m (£6.7m) to around €7m (£5.9m) but is unlikely to go any lower given the coveted interest in his signature.
Spurs are likely to battle European giants Paris Saint-Germain, Premier League rivals Liverpool and fellow Serie A side Juventus for Kessie. They’ll need to offer him an attractive contract if they are to stand a chance of securing him.
Reinforcements in the engine room could well be required as Lilywhites boss Nuno Santo still does not know his best midfield, having rotated between several names.
One player who remains present is Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg but he’s been joined by a host of other teammates like Oliver Skipp, Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele, Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso.
Kessie would offer the Portuguese a threat at either end of the pitch, something which perhaps none of the aforementioned first-teamers can currently do.
In the opposition’s box, the 6-foot enforcer has proven to be a goalscoring threat, having bagged 14 goals last season – only Zlatan Ibrahimovic found the net more times for Milan.
Whilst he also averaged 1.4 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 1.2 dribbles per Serie A game, meaning he could trackback, defend well and then launch counter-attacks with his ball-holding ability to good effect.
Just imagine this sort of presence in behind a genuine creative midfielder, perhaps Bryan Gil, who is set to achieve big things in north London. Kessie is just 24, so Nuno could have an exciting looking midfield for several years to come.
What makes a potential swoop even sweeter for Fabio Paratici is the fact that he’d be landing a £36m-rated player for a bargain fee in January or for nothing in the summer. An absolute masterstroke of a decision if he can pull it off.
AND in other news, Spurs source drops big behind-the-scenes Nuno Santo claim…