Franck Kessie’s ‘crazy physique’ continues to leave his AC Milan team-mates baffled, with Davide Calabria claiming on Instagram Live that the Arsenal and Newcastle United target is even more muscle-bound than Cristiano Ronaldo.
Considering that he rose to fame as the so-called ‘new Yaya Toure’, it should be little surprise that this Ivorian powerhouse is made of strong stuff.
At his barnstorming best, Kessie can power through any midfield like the proverbial bull in a china shop. But to say he relies soley upon his ‘absurd’ physical strength would do the AC Milan enforcer a disservice.
Kessie is not short of technical ability either, with a piercing pass and a ruthless finish in his locker. He scored seven times for Milan in the 2018/19 season and shot to fame at Atalanta thanks to his impressive ability to put the ball in the back of the net.
But, as far as Calabria is concerned, his biggest strength (no pun intended) remains his sheer power.
“The most physically dominant? I wouldn’t say Ronaldo, but rather Franck. It’s truly absurd,” Calabria says, as translated by Football Italia.
“He doesn’t work much in the gym but has a crazy physique. You can’t move him. You can run 50 yards to have a go, but you still bounce off him in the end.”
Given that Arsenal have looked a little lightweight in the centre of the park for a number of years, a player with Kessie’s physical and technical gifts would be well received at the Emirates.
MilanNews claims that the Gunners are tempted to launch an £18 million summer bid, though Milan will surely demand more for a player who has shone under a variety of different coaches at the San Siro.
Newcastle United have been linked too, via MilanLive – but a deal is only possible if that much-discussed Saudi Arabian takeover goes through at long last.