Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a huge boost in their bid to bring Franck Kessie to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a claim by Italian journalist Sandro Sabatini, who revealed when speaking to Radio Radio (via CalcioMercato) that in a fresh twist to the story, AC Milan would be willing to part with the midfielder this month, should the Serie A side receive an offer in the region of €10m (£8.5m).
Previous reports had claimed that Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici were preparing a lucrative offer for the Ivory Coast international on a pre-contract ahead of a potential switch to north London this summer, however, following Sabatini’s recent update, it would appear there is actually a deal to be done for the 25-year-old this January.
Speaking about Spurs’ interest in Kessie, Sabatini said: “Milan, from what I understand, if they receive a reasonable offer for Kessie’s remaining four months, they will sell [him]. €10m? Yes, and Tottenham can buy [him] for €10m.”
Considering Tottenham’s distinct lack of creativity in the middle of the park so far this season, the news that Kessie would be available to sign for as little as £8.5m in the current transfer window is news that is sure to have left Conte buzzing.
Indeed, in the current Premier League campaign, Tottenham’s central midfielders have scored just three goals, registered two assists and created a mere four big chances between them – with centre-back Eric Dier having created more big chances than any of Conte’s current options in the middle of the park.
As such, it is evident that the 52-year-old manager is in rather desperate need of a creative influence in his midfield ranks, something that the arrival of Kessie would undoubtedly bring an abundance of.
Indeed, over his 37 Serie A appearances last season, the £25m-rated man scored a whopping 13 goals, provided four assists and created five big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 1.3 shots and making 0.8 key passes per game.
These returns saw the £69k-per-week midfielder earn a highly impressive seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.18, ranking him as AC Milan’s third-best player in the top flight of Italian football last time out.
So, should Spurs indeed be able to secure the services of Kessie for the second half of the current campaign, it would undoubtedly provide Conte’s chances of securing a top-four finish with a significant boost.
And, for a reported fee of just £8.5m, it would very much appear as if the 25-year-old’s signing is one that Tottenham would easily be able to afford – leading us to believe that the 52-capped international could well be pulling on the white of Spurs before the transfer window slams shut at the end of the month.