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Arsenal and Tottenham fighting for signature of AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie


Franck Kessie has long been linked with a move to the Premier League (Picture: Getty Images)

North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are both keen to bring AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie to the Premier League, while Inter Milan are also keen to secure his signature.

The 24-year-old has been a mainstay in the Milan midfield for the last four seasons and enjoyed his most successul goal-scoring season by far over the last campaign, netting 13 goals in 37 Serie A appearances.

For a young man he has a huge amount of experience, making 252 club appearances, mostly for Milan but also in spells at Atalanta and Cesena, while he has also won 48 caps for Ivory Coast.

Kessie has long been linked with a move to the Premier League and after his goal-scoring exploits of last season the rumours of a switch to England have only grown louder.

The midfielder’s agent has fueled the fire of speculation by naming two clubs interested in him and saying Kessie holds his future in his own hands.

‘Now Kessie is the one who holds the knife by the handle. He can decide what is best for him rather than the club,’ said Massimo Brambati.

‘I know that in addition to Inter [Milan] there are two Premier League teams interested in him, including Tottenham.’

Despite not being named by Brambati, Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport report that Arsenal are leading the chase for Kessie as they look for a replacement for the outgoing Granit Xhaka, who is set to move to Roma.

Brambati’s comments on Kessie’s future being in his own hands are especially true in this case as his contract at Milan comes to an end in 2022.

The Italians are keen for him to sign a new deal until 2026, but if he will not do so then they will look to cash in on him this summer.


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