According to Eurosport journalist Dean Jones, Tottenham Hotspur could now make an offer to sign AC Milan star Franck Kessie and become the first club to ‘test the water’.
The Lowdown: Spurs and Kessie…
Links are starting to re-emerge with the Ivory Coast international after Tottenham were allegedly trying to bring him to north London in the January transfer window.
Tuttsport (via Sport Witness) claim both the Lilywhites and north London rivals Arsenal were hot on Kessie’s tail at the beginning of this year.
His agent, Massimo Brambati, has now also revealed to TMW Radio that Tottenham are still firmly eyeing the midfield machine.
The Latest: Spurs could now make offer…
As explained by Jones, Tottenham could now make an offer to sign Kessie this summer if they get the impression he is genuinely open to leaving.
Indeed, Spurs may become the first club to ‘test the water’ with an approach as they attempt to bolster their options in midfield.
Milan are very eager to keep Kessie in the midst of his contract dispute and his previous terms over a new deal were said to be excessive.
Club directors at the Serie A giant are braced for bids this summer as a result, and Spurs could now make one despite midfield not being a top priority.
The Verdict: Get it done…
Kessie enjoyed a phenomenal 2020/2021 campaign at the San Siro and was one of the Rossoneri’s key players, starting 36 Serie A matches whilst scoring 13 goals and notching four assists (WhoScored).
This is despite being a natural defensive midfield player, with sports writer and broadcaster Nicky Bandini raving over the ‘extraordinary’ 24-year-old to ESPN.
Valued at £49.5 million by Transfermarkt, it will be difficult for Spurs to get a deal over the line and Milan will not sell one of their best assets easily.
However, as it stands, Kessie’s deal expires in 2022 and his club may be forced to sell this window if no agreement can be reached over an extension.
This could gift Tottenham a big opportunity to seriously strengthen their midfield with Kessie’s colossal presence.
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