Speaking to Football Insider, former Arsenal striker and Sky Sports pundit Kevin Campbell has been left thrilled by some ‘exciting’ transfer news out of Tottenham Hotspur involving AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.
The Lowdown: Spurs talks advancing…
Tottenham and managing director Fabio Paratici have been linked with a move for the Serie A star for months with reports of their interest dating far back.
Kessie, who is currently free to leave the San Siro in 2022 as things stand, can negotiate pre-contracts with overseas clubs in January with a view to a summer transfer.
This has alerted Spurs and according to The Daily Express there has been a promising development over this last week.
According to their information, Tottenham talks are advancing to sign Kessie as manager Antonio Conte earmarks the Ivorian as a priority signing for the club next month.
It is also believed that the Lilywhites are in pole position for his signature as Campbell reacts with his take.
The Latest: Campbell thrilled…
Speaking to FI, the ex-Premier League man says that signing Kessie is an ‘absolute no brainer’ and the prospect of him joining Spurs is an ‘exciting’ one.
“If they sign Kessie, that’s the end of the road for Harry Winks,” he explained.
“I think Kessie, on a free transfer, it’s an absolute no brainer – that’s an exciting prospect for Tottenham. He’s a great player, I love him.
“But if they bring him in, you just can’t see where Winks fits into that side unless he’s content being a squad player. But I think it’s time for him to move on if he can’t get that first-team spot nailed down.”
The Verdict: Bang on the money…
We believe Campbell is certainly correct in his verdict that Kessie is a ‘no brainer’ – especially for free.
Able to operate as a defensive midfielder, he’s also shined in a more advanced midfield role under Milan manager Stefano Piolo – bagging 18 goals and four assists over his last one and a half seasons in the Italian top flight (WhoScored).
At just 25-years-old, Kessie would come with a degree of sell-on value and reasonably long shelf-life as a player – whilst also possessing a wealth of experience on the big stage.
Amassing over half a century of international caps already, it’s little wonder Conte wishes to make Kessie one of his first signings of the Spurs era.
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