The Lowdown: Kessie in new deal drama…
As per reports, Milan are sweating over the future of one of their star assets, with no agreement in sight on a contract extension at the San Siro.
This has alerted clubs throughout Europe looking for a powerful and assured midfield presence and it is believed that a move to the Premier League is high on Kessie’s own agenda (90min).
Tottenham are believed to be one of the clubs interested in a move and Spurs insider Wenham has now come out with his own teasing claim.
The Latest: Insider drops teasing claim…
Speaking to Football Insider, the Lilywhites source says that he knows Spurs are indeed eyeing the Ivory Coast international and he believes managing director Fabio Paratici may well present an ‘attractive offer’.
Wenham explained: “I know one player they are looking at is Kessie of AC Milan.
“He is a holding midfielder and he can bring more of that Serie A experience Paratici loves. He’s 24 and could come straight into the starting eleven. Let’s see where that one goes.
“There will be a lot of teams interested in him as a free contract player. He probably has a market value of around £40million as a valuable holding midfielder.
“Tottenham have been linked with him and I think the club will present an attractive offer to him. We can offer him good wages if he comes on a free transfer pre-contract arrangement.
“This is one Paratici will be working on with his links to the Serie A.”
The Verdict: Big statement…
Lauded as a ‘devastating’ player by former Italy international Antonio Cassano, landing the 24-year-old on a pre-contract agreement would come as Paratici’s biggest masterstroke at Spurs yet by some distance.
Despite being a natural defensive midfielder, Kessie bagged 13 Serie A goals and four assists in a more advanced role last term and completed a brilliant 88.9% of his passes in midfield (WhoScored).
Something of an all-rounder, he would surely come as a very, very astute purchase for the under-fire Nuno Espirito Santo – if indeed the 47-year-old is still at the N17 helm by the next transfer window.
In other news: Levy plan to offload big name Spurs player emerges as source leaks damning Hotspur Way behaviour, find out more here.
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