In a recent report, Calciomercato mentioned that Tottenham Hotspur could give up Tanguy Ndombele for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie when the transfer window reopens in January. It is understood that Spurs are prepared to ‘get serious’ about recruiting the Ivory Coast international but could face competition in the form of Paris Saint-Germain in pursuit of him during the winter transfer period.
Kessie’s Impressive Numbers In Italian Football
The 24-year-old enjoyed a decent run of form for the Milan outfit last season when he put in a series of dominant displays at the heart of their midfield. Kessie participated in 50 matches for the Italian giants in the previous campaign, netting 14 goals and grabbing six assists on all fronts.
The Ivory Coast midfield ace was an influential presence at both ends of the field as he did well to average 1.4 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 1.3 clearances, 1.3 shots, 0.8 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per game in Serie A last season. Kessie was a decent distributor of the ball as well after he completed 88.9% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).
The Ouragahio-born talent has got less than 12 months left to run in his current contract at San Siro, so AC Milan would have no choice but to sell him for a discount in January which could open the door for Tottenham to acquire his services.
Is Kessie The Right Fit For Tottenham?
Kessie has proven his worth as a great two-way player in midfield. He loves a tackle and can make life difficult for the opposition at the centre of the park. The 44-time Ivory Coast international usually times his challenges quite well to earn possession back for his side. He also doesn’t take too many risks when clearing his lines at the back.
The talented midfielder added a handful of goals and assists to his game last season which goes to show just how much he has grown as a footballer over the past 12 months. Therefore, Spurs should think about orchestrating a move to sign Kessie this winter.
The AC Milan star has got the makings of a world-class midfielder which makes him a great fit for the North London outfit in the long run. At 24, Kessie is about to enter his prime soon, so Nuno Espirito Santo will fancy getting the best out of him in the coming seasons.
We can expect him to add a lot of quality to Tottenham’s midfield department. Thus, it makes sense for Spurs to try everything they can to lure the Ivory Coast workhorse to the English capital even if they have to give up Tanguy Ndombele in the process.