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'Extraordinary', 'sublime': Newcastle-linked £25m ace deemed better than World Cup winner

A player reportedly on the radar of Newcastle United has previously been described as extraordinary and better than a World Cup-winning midfielder.

According to Milan Live, the Magpies – on the verge of a potentially lucrative takeover – are keeping tabs on Franck Kessie, one of the most highly rated central midfielders in Serie A.

The 23-year-old moved to the San Siro in 2017 from Atalanta and has established himself as a regular for the Rossoneri.

This season, the box-to-box midfielder has started 21 of Milan’s 26 Serie A games, and has been one of their brighter players amid continued poor form which has left them seventh in the league.

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Kessie’s impressive performances, particularly since Stefano Pioli’s appointment in October, have seen him linked with several Premier League clubs.

As well as Newcastle, Arsenal are reported to be among the clubs interested in the £25million-rated ace’s signature, with Wolves and West Ham also in the race, according to Teamtalk.

Kessie has been earning plaudits for a while now – former Milan boss Vincenzo Montella described him to in September 2017 as “an extraordinary player, a sublime intelligence”.

Gennaro Gattuso – another former Milan boss and also a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006 – is quoted by Forza Italian Football as saying in January 2018: “Kessie is clearly stronger than me when I was a player, he has seven or eight goals per season in him.”

TBR View:

Kessie is a player of the highest calibre, a tenacious, skilled, strong and defensively solid central midfielder with a superb engine and an eye for goal.

He is one of the first names on Milan’s team sheet but, with the Rossoneri facing a period of financial uncertainty amid the global health crisis and football suspension, they may be forced to sell.

Plenty of clubs are expected to tighten their belts in wake of current events, but with Newcastle potentially finding themselves with a huge transfer budget, a £25million price may not be hard for them to meet in a couple of weeks.

That said, would Kessie himself be happy going from one sleeping giant to another, or would he opt for a team already challenging for silverware and in line to play in Europe next season?

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