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AC Milan is ready to start negotiations with Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie following reports that Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal were interested.
Kessie came to San Siro in June 2017 from Atalanta, with an initial two-year loan with a purchase obligation. Since then he has appeared 151 times, scoring 20 goals in all competitions.
The Ivorian has become an important cog in Stefano Pioli’s undefeated squad, appearing in every Serie A match up to the point where Milan sit five points clear at the top of the table.
As a result of their form, the Rossoneri now plan to offer Kessie a new contract in an attempt to protect themselves from potential buyers, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Milan live).
The report claims that Kessie’s current contract is worth € 2.2 million a year, and the club knows they will have to offer him a raise if they want to keep him at the San Siro.
In the meantime, Calciomercato claims North London’s Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are looking up for the Ivory Coast international.
Like Milan, Tottenham are off to a great start to the new campaign and are currently ranked first in the league. José Mourinho may be looking for someone who can play alongside newcomer Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, or possibly provide cover for the Dane.
On the other hand, Arsenal will probably be more interested in his attacking qualities. The midfielder has scored four goals and assisted two others in ten league games this term; no Gunners player has recorded more than three goal contributions so far this season.
However, a move to the Premier League seems unlikely at this point, as Calciomercato also says that Milan do not intend to sell the 23-year-old, even if they receive an offer of around € 50 million. They are likely to rule out any key player sales this January as they hope to keep their title charge in the second half of the season.
Kessie’s current contract expires in July 2022, possibly making him available for a bargain price next summer.