Tottenham Hotspur remain interested in signing Franck Kessie, according to emerging reports…
What’s the word?
Italian transfer expert Rudy Galetti revealed to Calciomercato.it (via Sport Witness) that new Spurs boss Antonio Conte is keen to land the AC Milan midfielder, who is out of contract at the end of the current campaign.
“He’s one of Conte’s requests, but I don’t know if Tottenham’s offer will satisfy Kessie, also because there are some important commissions involved,” he said.
“However, now I would say that on Kessie the highest percentage is for Tottenham.”
Other reports in Italy suggest that it is unlikely the Ivory Coast international renews his deal at the San Siro, so it’s down to sporting director Fabio Paratici and co to convince him to swap Milan for north London.
Do Spurs need Franck Kessie?
Get it done
If the 52-year-old head coach wants to sign Kessie, then it’s on the Spurs hierarchy to make it happen and if they can complete a move, then it should leave the Lilywhites faithful absolutely thrilled.
The 24-year-old powerhouse may have to rival the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and promising gem Oliver Skipp for a place in the starting XI but he’s certainly a player that would help improve the side.
He ended the 2020/21 campaign as AC Milan’s second-highest goalscorer on 13 goals, with only Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring more (15). Meanwhile, Kessie has continued that form into this season, where he ranks as Stefano Pioli’s sixth-best player (6.98 rating).
“[Kessie] is an extraordinary player,” once claimed his former manager Vincenzo Montella, also suggesting that he had “sublime intelligence,” whilst the midfielder has also been dubbed “devastating” by ex-striker Antonio Cassano.
Indeed, the 6-foot beast has averaged at least 1.5 tackles, 1.5 dribbles and 1.2 interceptions per 90 across the past 18 months, as per WhoScored.
Kessie is a player that should leave many around N17 excited and Galetti’s belief that Spurs are leading the race should only increase that even more.
AND in other news, Spurs could sign Conte’s next Lukaku in “complete” £45m-rated “machine”…