Arsenal are ready to battle London rivals West Ham for the signature of AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, according to a report.
Kessie has been repeatedly linked with a January exit over the past couple of months, with plenty of interest reportedly coming from the Premier League.
On Tuesday night we revealed via our transfer expert Nicolo Schira that the Ivorian will only be allowed to leave in the event of an irrefutable offer, given head coach Stefano Pioli’s decision to change to a 4-4-2 formation.
According to a report from il Corriere dello Sport however – as cited by The Sun – Arsenal and West Ham are ready to go head-to-head in a bid to change Milan’s mind and try land Kessie.
Both clubs apparently have the 23-year-old ‘in their sights’ and have made ‘several enquiries’, with the Gunners seeking a ‘more powerful and dynamic central midfielder’.
The report adds that the Rossoneri would be happy to sell for a fee of around €25million, a figure which would allow them to make a capital gain on the investment they made to sign him from Atalanta.
However, Hammers boss David Moyes is also on the lookout for a midfield anchorman and will provide Mikel Arteta with competition, the report adds.