Italian outlet MilanNews24 have claimed that Arsenal have made an enquiry over signing AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie this summer, but Milan have responded by ordering the Gunners to propose a swap deal.
Still only 23 years of age, Kessie has been one of the first names on the Milan team sheet again this season – starting 21 of Milan’s 26 Serie A outings. Already boasting 39 caps for the Ivory Coast, Kessie has played 121 times for Milan so far.
But he could have played his last game for the club amid the global health crisis. That is because Arsenal are seemingly interested, with the former Atalanta player constantly being linked with a move to the Premier League in recent windows.
Arsenal want the Ivorian, but Milan have responded to their enquiry by suggesting the Gunners should include Lucas Torreira in straight-swap deal. £26million signing (Telegraph) Torreira is currently recovering from a fractured ankle.
TBR’s view – Would Kessie improve Arsenal midfield?
What Mike Arteta needs is a bit of midfield steel. He need to inject a bit of aggression into a somewhat lacklustre midfield which include options such as Granit Xhaka, Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Dani Ceballos.
The latter is due to return to Real Madrid this summer, while Guendouzi has been far from his best. Cover is needed, but a physical, powerhouse-type midfielder is needed. Thomas Partey is obviously first choice, and he would be a top signing.
But, much like Partey, Kessie would also be a decent option for Arsenal. Is it worth swapping the Ivorian for Torreira? Arsenal need to see if they can swap someone less important, or meet Kessie’s asking price.