An update has emerged on Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, regarding Tottenham’s interest in his services.
According to Dean Jones of EuroSport, Tottenham hold a strong interest in AC Milan central midfielder Franck Kessie and are exploring the possibility of bringing him to the club this summer. Fabio Paratici wants to improve Nuno Santo’s squad and is eyeing the midfield as an area of concern.
The report claims that Kessie could be available as he has failed to agree to fresh terms with Milan and his contract expires at the end of next season. Tottenham will make an offer if they receive encouragement from the player that a deal can be done.
Paratici must do all he can in order to seal a deal for Kessie in the coming weeks. Spurs have an exceptional opportunity to swoop for a player of his quality due to his contract situation, with just under 12 months left to run on his current deal.
Milan may need to cash in on him now or risk losing him on a free transfer next year, with Spurs, or any other club being able to agree a pre-contract agreement with him in the January transfer window. Therefore, Tottenham could end up being able to land a bargain for the Ivorian enforcer as Milan may need to lower their valuation in order to adjust for his contract dilemma, with clubs knowing that they can sign him for nothing if they bide their time.
Santo needs him in his squad next season and that is why Paratici must get a transfer over the line. Kessie averaged an excellent WhoScored rating of 7.15 in the Serie A last season and earned praise from former Italy international Antonio Cassano. He hailed the midfielder as “devastating” earlier this year, admitting that he has many impressive qualities.
“I want Kessie in my team, he scores, he assists, he has personality, he has quality, he doesn’t lose the ball, he is intelligent. I’m watching him carefully, against Roma, he was devastating.”
The £74k-per-week powerhouse managed 13 goals and four assists for Milan in the Serie A, whilst also averaging 2.6 tackles and interceptions per game. This shows that he is a talented box-to-box midfield and that is the type of player Santo is missing from his squad. Tanguy Ndombele was Tottenham’s top-scoring midfield last term with four goals, whilst Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg only managed three.
Kessie is a much-needed signing for the club as they need to bolster their midfield ranks. He could add an additional goal threat from deep and provide the likes of Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane with the support they were lacking from their teammates last season.