According to Tuttosport, as cited by Milan News, a few English clubs are monitoring the situation of Franck Kessie. The AC Milan midfielder has been courted by a host of top clubs across Europe, and a move away from San Siro could be the horizon following his struggles to make himself a key component under Marco Giampaolo and most recently, Stefano Pioli.
Arsenal could turn out to be one of those clubs, having been linked him a move for him in the summer. And in this article, we will talk about why the Gunners could make a move for Kessie in January.
A potential replacement for Xhaka?
It looks like Arsenal have stepped up their pursuit of Kessie following the Granit Xhaka incident which had seen the Swiss international get infuriated and make an offensive gesture to his own sets of fans. As a result, he has been relieved of his role as club captain, and his future at the Emirates now hangs in the balance.
Xhaka’s potential departure means Unai Emery will be devoid of any viable options in the holding midfield role. Calum Chambers and David Luiz could be utilised in the said role, but neither of them is qualified enough to provide a new identity to the club in the middle third of the pitch.
That’s where Kessie could come into the fray. The ex-Atalanta star should be an excellent replacement for Xhaka, and at the age of 22, he could be a smart long-term investment for the Gunners.
A perfect partner for Guendouzi?
Matteo Guendouzi has been one of rising stars in the Premier League this season. But, one of the main issues he has faced is the lack of a reliable partner in the double-pivot. Dani Ceballos has performed well, but his attacking traits are better suited in a number ten role. As for Xhaka, the Swiss has lacked the sense of responsibility and has often left the Arsenal midfield too vulnerable.
Kessie, to that end, might be the player Emery was looking for. Unlike Xhaka, the Ivorian is a composed midfielder, who is well aware of his surroundings and is perfectly capable of complementing his teammates in midfield. His composure and maturity in the middle of the park would allow Guendouzi to become more proactive and play his natural game.
Therefore, the Gunners should consider making a move for Kessie as they attempt to undergo a squad overhaul in the upcoming January transfer window.
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