Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a deal to bring Franck Kessie to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the January transfer window.
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That’s according to a report by The Express, who claim that Fabio Paratici is at the front of the queue regarding negotiations with the AC Milan central midfielder, who is free to talk to potential new suitors as of January 1 due to his contract at San Siro expiring at the end of the current campaign.
The report goes on to state that the 25-year-old has informed the Serie A side of his desire to leave, as well as revealing that Spurs look set to make a move for the player who Antonio Conte earmarked as one of his first January signings within the next week.
Considering just how impressive Kessie has been in Italy so far this season, should Paratici indeed be able to get a deal over the line for the Ivory Coast international next month, his signing would undoubtedly be something of a major coup for Tottenham.
Indeed, over his 16 Serie A appearances this term, the £49.5m-rated man has scored five goals and created one big chance for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.1 shots and making 1.1 key passes per game.
The player who Antonio Cassano dubbed a “devastating” talent has also impressed in metrics more typical of his central midfield position, making an average of 0.8 interceptions, 1.7 tackles, 42.1 passes and winning 61% of his duels per fixture.
Furthermore, Kessie’s potential arrival at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next month could also facilitate Tanguy Ndombele’s departure from North London, with the £25m-rated France international having been linked with an exit from Spurs after playing just 80 minutes of Premier League football since Conte’s arrival at the club towards the beginning of November.
As such, not only would the signing of the AC Milan gem appear to improve the 52-year-old manager’s current options in the middle of the park, it could very much also spell an end to the Tottenham career of the club’s £53.8m record signing – a fee which there is no denying the 24-year-old who Graham Roberts labelled a “joke” has failed to live up to.