Taking to Twitter, Italian football reporter Gianluigi Longari has shared news on Tottenham Hotspur and their pursuit of AC Milan star Franck Kessie.
The Lowdown: Spurs tipped to sign Kessie…
It’s safe to say Tottenham have been tipped as one of the major frontrunners to sign the Ivory Coast international with some sources very recently suggesting a move is near completion.
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La Gazzetta dello Sport, as shared by Get Italian Football News, first explained earlier this week that Spurs talks to sign him were at a ‘very advanced’ stage as his contract runs down.
Indeed, currently expiring in 2022, Milan are running out of time to tie down Kessie and make any serious money off the club’s interested in their star man.
As such, Spurs are one of the clubs looking to take advantage and snap up the 24-year-old on a January pre-contract for next summer.
That’s where reporter Rudy Galetti comes in, who claimed on social media in mid-week that Fabio Paratici and co have a ‘close agreement’ with Kessie and his entourage over a deal worth €10 million-per-season (£8.5m).
Whilst not exactly backing the closeness of this move from these sources, Longari has shared his own update as he makes a claim involving Spurs’ managing director.
The Latest: Paratici ‘really likes’ Kessie…
According to the reporter, as he shared news on social media, Tottenham are indeed ‘one of the options’ for Kessie and are in with a shot of signing him.
He also says that Paratici personally likes the midfield man ‘so much’, but there are also other clubs who are still in contention.
“Spurs are for sure one of the options on Kessie’s table as Paratici likes him so much,” he explained.
“There are also other options for him as we told here two months ago.”
The Verdict: A must for Spurs!
While this arguably isn’t as eye-catching as the reports from both Galetti and La Gazzetta, Longari’s claim that Spurs are well in contention should still be enough to excite supporters – simply going by Kessie’s calibre alone.
Valued at £49.5 million by Transfermarkt, a figure which sums up his obvious quality, snapping up the colossal maestro for nothing would simply be a masterstroke and could provide the perfect amount of steel for Antonio Conte’s new-look Spurs side.
A bit of an all-rounder, the African superstar has flourished in a more advanced role under Pioli at Milan despite being a natural defensive midfield player.
Scoring 13 goals and assisting four others in 36 Italian top flight starts last season, Kessie has continued in that vain over 2021/2022 so far – already getting on the scoresheet twice (WhoScored).
He also comes as an assured and calm presence in the middle of the park, averaging a 90.8% pass accuracy so far this year – a superior number to any Spurs regular with more than one start (WhoScored).
If Paratici is truly such an admirer of Kessie, we believe the Ivorian should be top of his priority list as he aims to strengthen Tottenham’s potential revival under Conte.
In other news: Conte now personally plotting to sell ‘very talented’ Spurs player who Nuno called ‘unique’…find out more here.
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