Italian outlet CalcioMercato have reported that north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal may have received a boost in their pursuit of AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie – over a shirt.
Back in February, TuttoMercatoWeb claimed that Tottenham chiefs had been in contact with AC Milan over the potential signing of the Ivory Coast international. It is believed he will cost £35million.
Still only 22 years of age, Kessie has clocked up 89 appearances for Milan after scoring seven goals in 31 with Atalanta. He also boasts 27 Ivory Coast caps. But his attitude is somewhat questionable.
Prior to last weekend’s 1-0 win over Lazio – in which Kessie scored the winner – Lazio defender Francesco Acerbi told media that his side were better than Milan. He swapped shirts with Tiemoue Bakayoko after the match.
But Kessie and Bakayoko took advantage, holding the shirt up to fans like a trophy. Both Milan players have apologised, but CalcioMercato claim it could push Kessie towards the exit door.
It is said that if either Tottenham or Arsenal made a bid in January, it would have been rejected. But this summer, the shirt incident has made Milan much more inclined to sell Kessie.
Yes, Kessie is still young and that means he is somewhat naive and immature. But if we consider just his footballing ability, he is an exceptional talent.
The African star is a stand-out player in Milan’s side despite Gennaro Gattuso’s squad including big-name players such as Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alessio Romagnoli, Suso and Krzysztof Piatek.
At £35million, Kessie is the perfect replacement for Mousa Dembele. He boasts strength, speed and can score goals from the middle of the park. He is a bargain, despite his attitude.