Arsenal and Tottenham target set to stay at current club, £100k-a-week deal is reportedly imminent
Over the last couple of weeks, both Tottenham and Arsenal have been linked with a move for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie. But the Ivory Coast international is now reportedly set to pen new terms with his current club. A new deal is ‘imminent’ for Arsenal and Tottenham target Kessie.
Kessie, 24, has just completed his fourth season at Milan. Having joined on loan for two years initially, he has since signed permanently and has just finished four seasons with Milan. In that time, Kessie has played 184 times in all competitions – but it was his last season that was his most productive.
Helping Milan qualify for the Champions League, he had a hand in 20 goals from midfield – scoring 14 and creating six. Tottenham are interested, with his agent commenting this week. Arsenal are also keen. However, it is believed that Kessie is now set to sign a new deal with Milan.
Sportmediaset reported on Tuesday morning that while Kessie is being offered £66,000 a week, he wants £100,000. However, an agreement is likely to be met and TMW say a deal is ‘imminent’ between Kessie and Milan. His current deal will expire in the summer of 2022.
Should Tottenham or Arsenal make late move for Kessie – amid Milan deal?
There is no doubt that he would be a stunning addition for either club. Arsenal need a central midfielder that is more progressive than Thomas Partey, but one that can partner him. Of course, it helps that Kessie is Partey’s partner for Ivory Coast. But Spurs are in a similar boat.
They also have the perfect holding midfielder in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, but need someone to go alongside him. Kessie’s ability to score goals is exactly why he is needed at Tottenham. Both need to fight for Kessie, but it does appear he will remain at Milan this summer.