Telegraph: Spurs worried about competition from PSG as bid for Milan star is considered

By Oliver Fisher -

Spurs are considering making an offer to sign Franck Kessie from AC Milan this month in order to beat the competition from Paris Saint-Germain, a report claims.

According to what is being reported by the English journalist Mike McGrath for The Telegraph (via MilanNews), Tottenham are big admirers of Kessie and are considering whether or not to present an offer to Milan for the Ivorian during the current transfer window to avoid a possible brawl in the summer.

Kessie’s deal expires in less than six months so the midfielder will be able to leave on a free transfer, and he is attracting interest from PSG who – as we know – are able to put together lucrative financial packages to lure free agents.

The competition to sign him on a free will be very high and this is why the Spurs management is considering whether to make an official bid in the last few days of the transfer market to give Antonio Conte a player he knows well and likes.

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    1. Yes, but you see what happens when the midfield is missing Kessie. We are still fighting to important objectives, and after the matches against Juventus and Inter we may very well be closer to 5th than to 1st. It’s all hands on deck now. This is why the club made the decision to keep Kessie last summer. Because finding a replacement of the same calibre then would have cost 40-50m that the club did not at all have. So better to increase the chances of finishing top 4 by keeping him and losing him on a free in a year than to greatly weaken the midfield by selling him without an adequate replacement. And to be clear, Kessie would probably not have fetched more than 20-25 with a year remaining. So not only would the club have brought in an ultimately unknown quality (as we know Kessie), but they would have had to spend 25m (50m – 25m from Kessie sale) to do it when they barely had enough money to bring in a RW.

      1. He was so vital this season that he played good only against weak opponents, against other top midfieldiers he failed and was one of the worst on the field. He cost us more than a few points with some stupid decisions and I don’t really remember him being vital except against Salernitana. I think Calabria could have played a good match if he was AMC in that game. We played against Liverpool with 19 year old Morton and Minamino in midfield and Kessie was nowhere to be seen. We missed Tonali more than we did Kessie, that detail is visible from space. 25M? Milan would accept it without thinking in this situation, the problem is that the amount would be closer to 10-15M. Renato Sanches wouldn’t cost much more than 30M, probably around that price, so…

        1. You’re not wrong about Tonali’s ascendance, but Kessie has still be important. Is it also possible he doesn’t standout as much this season because the rest of the squad is improving? We still need to beat the small teams. Exhibit A: Siena four days ago. Plus, I’m going to venture that part of Kessie’s “poor” form has been due to the contract saga. The errors were mostly mental, not for lack of ability. Regardless, Milan made their decision this summer based upon his past performance, which is the only thing they have to go by. They didn’t have a crystal ball to see he was going to get ejected against Atletico. This detail is visible from space. As to the 20-25m that was IN THE SUMMER, not now. And even if you mean he was worth 10-15m in the summer it strengthens my point, no? It would have meant a net spend of 35-40m for an adequate replacement. We just didn’t, and still don’t, have it.

        2. I think he’s been good this year. And apparently he’s the only Milan player who can convert a penalty. Besides you have to beat the less teams too.

  1. I’d sell and bring in the Botman-Sanches duo in a package deal from Lille.

    Easier said than done though, as Lille probably won’t sell them together mid-season.

  2. Don’t understand why Spurs are dragging their heals on this one. AC Milan want Tanganga, Spurs need Kessie…. Why aren’t we offering Tanganga + cash? This is a no brainer!.. I guess t’s the same old story, same old hurdle… Levy! – ENIC out!!!!

    1. And that’s a no brainer for Milan too, the dream scenario really: we get the CB we need and don’t lose Kessié for free. Tanganga + any amount of cash for Kessié is an offer Milan cannot afford to pass.

      1. Daniel and Marco, I don’t disagree. It could be because Milan have prioritized other targets, such as Botman. It seems like the management is really high on this player, despite the fact that some kind of a Tanganga/Kessie trade might be more cost effective. The scouting report on Botman must be crazy.

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