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Tottenham Hotspur Compete With Arsenal In Pursuit Of A C Milan Midfielder: Right Choice For Jose?

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In a recent report, Calciomercato has stated that Tottenham Hotspur will face competition from Arsenal in pursuit of AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie. However, it is believed that the Italian outfit are unwilling to part ways with their prized asset following his excellent form on the pitch this season which could be a big stumbling block for Spurs to overcome in January or next summer (via Calciomercato).

Kessie’s Magnificent Form In The Serie A This Season

The Ivorian sensation is under contract at the San Siro until the summer of 2022, so Stefano Pioli has no immediate need to cash in on him when the transfer window reopens next month. Kessie is having one of the best seasons of his young career at Milan this season. He has been involved in 17 matches for the Italian giants this term, netting four goals and securing three assists in various competitions.

The 23-year-old has done well to influence the game at both ends of the pitch as he is averaging 1.0 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 1.1 clearances, 1.2 shots, 0.5 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per game in the Serie A and the UEFA Europa League group stages. He has also been outstanding when distributing the ball after he made 91.4% of his attempted passes in both those competitions (stats via whoscored).

Tottenham Hotspur face competition from Arsenal for Kessie who is seen in the photo
AC Milan’s Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie celebrates after scoring a penalty during the Italian Serie A football match AC Milan vs Fiorentina on November 29, 2020, at the San Siro stadium in Milan. (Photo by TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty Images)

Kessie has established himself as one of the best midfielders in Italian football, so it is no surprise that a top club like Tottenham are interested in acquiring his services. At 23, he has got his peak years ahead of him which makes him a decent, long-term signing for any of his potential suitors including Spurs.

What Does The Ivory Coast International Bring To The Table?

Kessie possesses the strength to outmuscle the opposition and win the ball back for his team. He also works tirelessly to eat up a lot of ground at the centre of the park. The Ivory Coast international packs a lot of power with his shots from long range and has transformed himself into an excellent penalty taker recently. However, he is yet to prove his worth outside Italian football. Hence, there are some concerns over whether he can maintain his high standards in the Premier League, where he might struggle to cope with the high intensity of English football.

Is Kessie The Right Choice For Spurs?

Kessie can do a bit of everything in midfield and would serve as a decent squad player under the watchful eyes of Jose Mourinho at North London. The Portuguese tactician is well-qualified to make the most out of the AC Milan star’s talents. However, Pioli has no reason to sell him in January, so Spurs would be wise to wait until next summer before deciding whether to move in for the Ivorian midfield ace.

All in all, Kessie will be a good choice for Tottenham as he is a player on the rise and could help Spurs challenge for some major trophies in the years to come. Furthermore, the Serie A playmaker will increase competition for places within Mourinho’s squad.

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