Report: Arsenal really want to sign 'extraordinary' 24-year-old midfielder, contract expires next year
Arsenal are reportedly eyeing Franck Kessie, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Indeed, the Italian outlet claims the Gunners are his most interested suitors in the Premier League.
Arsenal could well be up against Spurs in the race to sign the Ivory Coast international, however.
Kessie’s agent Massimo Brambati told Tuttomercatoweb on Tuesday that Tottenham were one of the English sides interested.
Kessie has been superb for AC Milan since joining from Atalanta in 2019 for a reported £21.6m.
He has clocked up 184 appearances for the Rossoneri and registered 30 goals and 15 assists.
Vincenzo Montella, who previously managed the club, described Kessie as “extraordinary” in 2017.
“He (Kessie) is an extraordinary player, (boasts) sublime intelligence,” Montella told Goal.com.
However, Kessie’s contract at the San Siro expires next summer.
Arsenal “above all” in interest?
Gazzetta dello Sport claims the 24-year-old wants Milan to triple his salary to €6m-per-year (£5m) if he is to stay.
However, the Serie A club has apparently offered €4m-per-year, and talks have reportedly stalled.
The outlet also stresses that Milan must hurry up if they are to retain Kessie as he’s in the Premier League’s sights – Arsenal “above all”.
Kessie’s club reportedly values him at €50m (£43m).
Stronger than prime Gattuso?
Arsenal could certainly do with some more steel in the heart of their squad ahead of a crucial 2021-22 campaign.
Kessie, a tenacious, skilled, strong and defensively solid central midfielder with a superb engine and an eye for goal, seems to fit the bill.
Gennaro Gattuso, a top midfield enforcer in his playing days, is a big fan of Kessie.
“Kessie is clearly stronger than me when I was a player,” Forza Italian Football quoted the 2006 World Cup winner as saying in 2018.
“He has seven or eight goals per season in him.”
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