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Paratici reportedly really wants to sign 'extraordinary' £43m midfielder, Spurs fans should be thrilled - TBR View

Spurs are reportedly showing very strong interest in Franck Kessie, according to Eurosport.

And Tottenham fans should be very excited if the report is true and Spurs make progress for his signature.

Tottenham recently appointed Fabio Paratici as their managing director of football.

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And the Italian, fresh from landing Nuno Espirito Santo as manager, is wasting no time in searching for new players.

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Paratici obviously knows Serie A very well, so it’s not surprising to see him reportedly target Kessie, one of Milan’s stars.

“Sources say their interest in Kessie is very strong and that an offer could be made if they get the impression the player is genuinely open to a new challenge,” claimed Eurosport.

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The 24-year-old midfielder has been superb for Milan since joining from Atalanta in 2019 for a reported £21.6m.

Kessie has clocked up 184 appearances for the Rossoneri and registered 30 goals and 15 assists.

However, his contract at the San Siro expires next summer, with talks failing to lead to an agreement as Milan reportedly felt his terms were excessive.

A tenacious, skilled, strong and defensively solid central midfielder with a superb engine and an eye for goal, Kessie would be a coup for Spurs.

In February, Milan Live reported that he was valued at 50m euro, or around £43m.

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“Stronger than me” – Gattuso

Gennaro Gattuso, a top midfield enforcer in his playing days, is a big fan of the Ivory Coast international.

“Kessie is clearly stronger than me when I was a player,” Forza Italian Football quoted him as saying in 2018.

“He has seven or eight goals per season in him.”

And Vincenzo Montella, who previously managed Milan, described Kessie as “extraordinary” in 2017.

“He (Kessie) is an extraordinary player, (boasts) sublime intelligence,” Montella told Goal.com.

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