According to a report by Milan Live, Tottenham could battle London rivals Chelsea for the free transfer of AC Milan ace Franck Kessie next summer.
Both the Spurs and the Blues need to strengthen their central midfield ranks at some point over the next 12 months.
And it seems like Nuno Espirito Santo and Thomas Tuchel have their eye on a move for the same player.
Tottenham and Chelsea want to sign Franck Kessie on a free transfer next summer. What kind of theft would that be.
Chelsea could have a huge advantage over Tottenham in the race to sign Franck Kessie
The Ivory Coast international recently told Tutto Mercato Web that he couldn’t turn down Chelsea if they actually stood up for him:
“I like the Premier League and especially Manchester United – a team I dream of playing for. Chelsea are a great club too, nobody would say no to that. “
It seems like Spurs could have their jobs.
The 24-year-old Milan ace really has it all and will be a great addition to any club that wins the race for his signature.
In 37 Serie A games for AC Milan last season, Kessie scored 13 goals and four assists. During these outings, he averaged 1.4 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, and 1.3 clearances per game. The 24-year-old averaged 53.9 passes per game with an impressive completion rate of 88.9%.
Those are some very impressive statistics, really. Kessie is strong, a tough tackler, and has real energy and drive. It seems like it was made for the rugged and intense nature of the Premier League.
Gazzetta dello Sport claimed Milan wanted up to € 50m (£ 42m) for the 24-year-old during the summer transfer period.
However, these demands could really backfire on the Italian giants now. Next summer he will be without a contract.
Losing Kessie for nothing would be a major blow to Milan.
On the other hand, however, either Tottenham or Chelsea will get a dazzling deal. However, we believe the Blues are far more likely to sign the Ivorians than their London rivals.
Also read: Did the defender make a mistake by joining Leeds instead of Tottenham?
Statistics obtained via Who Scored.