Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton have reportedly made contact over Franck Kessie, a player who is also believed to be on the radar of Arsenal and other Premier League sides.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, there has been contact from the Toffees – who are said to be keen on a new midfielder – and Newcastle United with AC Milan over the past few weeks.
Teamtalk, meanwhile, reported earlier this month that the Gunners were interested in the 23-year-old, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle.
Milan News has since claimed that Arsenal are growing “ever more tempted to try making a move” but adds that “the Londoners won’t be offering more than 20million Euro (around £18million)”.
While Everton aren’t believed to have put an offer forward just yet, Newcastle reportedly offered €5m (£4.5m) for a loan move with a €25m (£22m) to €30m (£27m) obligation to buy, which was rejected.
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.
Although agent George Atangana appeared to pour cold water on any exit talk in April, as reported by Metro, Milan News then suggested that the Rossoneri may sell players who haven’t “fully convinced”, with Kessie as an example.
With the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Gylfi Sigurdsson having struggled for much of this season, it’s little surprise to see Everton linked with a high-calibre midfielder like Kessie.
Likewise, Arsenal could do with some steel in the heart of their squad, and Kessie, a tenacious, skilled, strong and defensively solid central midfielder with a superb engine and an eye for goal, surely fits the bill.
Despite Kessie’s seemingly uncertain position at Milan, he has been earning plaudits for a while now – former Rossoneri boss Vincenzo Montella described him to Goal.com 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.”