After missing out on Champions League football by a single point last season and recently being booted out of the Europa League because of Financial Fair Play breaches, a dark cloud has settled over AC Milan this summer.
The Italian giants are undergoing a change that has already seen club icon Gennaro Gattuso replaced as manager by former Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo, and with the likes of Lucas Torreira reported by the Sun with a move to the club, the Italian side could be set for a makeover this summer, and a player who could be departing the San Siro this summer as part of that reshuffle is Franck Kessie, who West Ham are keen on.
According to Tuttosport via Sport Witness, the Hammers are interested in the Ivorian midfielder, along with London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham, as Milan prepare to sell Kessie this summer for a reported fee of €35 million (£31.31 million).
With the Ivory Coast through to the Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16 following a 4-1 win over Namibia, talks are unlikely to commence with Kessie still on international duty, and although the Hammers have already signed Pablo Fornals this summer for a reported fee of £24 million via BBC Sport, the Milan star could be an excellent addition to the east London side.
Valued at £29.5 million on Transfermarkt, the 22-year-old could be the creative force West Ham have needed deeper in midfield to partner alongside Declan Rice. Comparing Kessie to Mark Noble from stats from WhoScored, the Ivorian outnumbers the Hammers captain in the majority of categories.
Kessie averaged more shots per game (1.5), more key passes per game (1.3) and more dribbles per games (1.3) than the West Ham midfielder, as well as averaging more key passes per game (1.3), more passes per game (49.7) and a higher pass completion rate of 87%.
The youngster statistically trumps Noble, and if a player of Kessie’s quality was to partner alongside Rice in the central midfield, who enjoyed a breakout season that has seen him linked with a big money move to Manchester United via the Daily Express and earn his first England call-up, West Ham could have quite the midfield pivot in a 4-2-3-1.
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