Tottenham beat heavyweight rivals with perfect Antonio Conte signing Franck Kessie certain to move
Tottenham have come close to providing Antonio Conte with a midfield destroyer after a heavyweight rival pulled out of the race for Franck Kessie.
The 25-year-old Ivory Coast international is expected to leave AC Milan this summer. Kessie has five months left on his contract and transfer guru Fabrizio Romano shed some light on his situation last week.
Roman tweeted Kessie is ‘still not accepting’ an AC contract offer worth ‘6.5 million euros net’ (around £105,000 a week). It looks increasingly likely that Milan’s bet to keep Kessie in her final year won’t pay off with a free agent exit looming now.
Interest from the English had mainly focused on Liverpool and Tottenham. Kessie’s all-action style and combative nature would make her a perfect candidate for Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte.
However, amid the emergence of Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott, Liverpool’s midfield ranks now look stronger than ever under Klopp. What else, James Milner is expected to sign a one-year contract extension.
It could leave the door ajar for Spurs, and Sport Witness (quoting a Spanish outlet sport) detail more good news.
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They say Barcelona – who are also pursuing Kessie – have now ‘dropped’ their interest. This development stems from the difficulty in funding the “bulky economic terms” needed to land Kessie that were previously detailed by Romano.
That leaves only Serie A pair Juventus and Inter Milan to challenge Tottenham, according to the report.
The trio are said to be “offering” all to bring Kessie on board this summer. The article states that the player’s representatives are currently “managing” several “offers”.
Lining up against a midfield three of top troublemakers Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancur and Kessie would be a daunting prospect for any Premier League side.
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Meanwhile, Tottenham have submitted the “firmest” offer for the coup signing of Paulo Dybala following talks with Fabio Paratici, it has been claimed.
Dybala is expected to be a free agent this summer. The 28-year-old Argentine has become Spurs’ best striker after Juventus made Dusan Vlahovic their team-mate. Football director Paratici worked with him at his former club and clearly feels he can convince him to also travel to North London.
After all, he’s done it before with former Old Lady couple Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur.
Spanish edition sport report the Premier League side have already spoken with Dybala and made the best approach of any team so far.
They cover Barcelona’s follow-up to the Argentina international, which has been going on for years. The Catalan giants are now interested in the prospect of his free signing. Of course, they are looking for bargains because of their financial situation.
It is claimed that Dybala would be ready to join them, but it is not his priority. This is once again a good sign for Spurs. However, it should be noted that he would like to play in Spain.
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