The 25-year-old has entered the final six months of his current contract at San Siro, and with no new deal on the horizon, it seems as though he’s set to depart on a free transfer in the summer.
What is the latest news involving Kessie?
According to Italian reporter Gianluca Di Marzio (via Milan News), Kessie has turned down a lucrative new contract offer from Milan, said to be worth €6.5 million (£5.4m) per year.
It’s claimed the engine room operator is holding out for €9m (£7.5m), opening the door to a possible exit, although that’s unlikely to occur in the January transfer window due to his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.
And when looking at his underlying numbers, it’s easy to understand why.
Over the last year, Kessie has ranked in the 91st percentile for touches in the attacking penalty area, 86th for blocks and 84th for both pass completion and progressive passes received for players in his position, as per FBref.com.
The African has also bagged an impressive 35 goals and provided 16 assists in 205 appearances for the Rossoneri from his defensive midfield position.
What has Bridge said about Kessie?
Despite catching the eye of United and Liverpool, Bridge has relayed information from his Sky colleague Di Marzio revealing it’s Spurs who are at the front of the queue for Kessie’s signature.
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Although perhaps frustratingly a transfer is not expected to occur this winter as the Ivorian focuses on his international duties.
Bridge told GiveMeSport: “As I say, going back to my colleague Di Marzio, he said on our transfer show last week that Tottenham will lead the way in the summer, which is exciting. The only thing with everything in life, and it’s like presents, you want everything now.”
Do Tottenham need another midfielder?
At first glance, Tottenham appear to be well-stocked in midfield, with Harry Winks, Oliver Skipp, Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg battling it out for a place in Antonio Conte’s two-man midfield.
However, it’s only Hojbjerg who features in the capital club’s top 10 performers this season, according to WhoScored’s ratings, highlighting the need for improvements in that area of the pitch.
Kessie – who was described as ‘devastating’ by former Milan striker Antonio Cassano – could, therefore, prove to be an extremely astute signing and one that may take Conte’s charges to the next level, should he arrive in north London.