The agent of Franck Kessie, George Atangana, is in Milan to hold talks with AC over the midfielder’s future amid interest from Arsenal and Tottenham, per TuttoMercatoWEB.
Kessie’s in the final year of his contract and is yet to agree an extension with the San Siro outfit. The Ivorian continues to hold out for his demands, which the Serie A side are highly reluctant to meet, and has left Atangana in charge of the talks.
The midfielder is with the Ivory Coast Olympic team, waiting for the start of their tournament against Saudi Arabia. Kessie wants Milan to award him a €6m-a-year (£99k-p/w) contract excluding bonuses, but AC want to include some to avoid it all being guaranteed.
Atangana is now in Milan, waiting for AC to reach out to schedule further talks over Kessie’s future. A resolution should come fast once they meet, with the coming days crucial to the 24-year-old’s long-term San Siro future.
Arsenal and Tottenham will both be paying close attention to Atangana’s talks with Milan over Kessie. The north London rivals want the midfielder, with Gazzetta dello Sport noting the Gunners were leading the €50m (£43m) race.
Spurs also have a strong interest in Kessie, per Eurosport, and will bid if his camp offers enough encouragement. Otherwise, Managing Director Fabio Paratici will continue exploring other potential targets who are more determined to represent the club.
Arsenal and Tottenham on high alert as Atangana speaks with Milan over Kessie
Arsenal and Tottenham will both be on high alert as Atangana waits to speak with Milan over Kessie. The Rossoneri and the Ivorian’s agent finding mutually beneficial middle ground over the bonuses should see a new contract agreed.
And Kessie signing a new deal with Milan may also see the end to Arsenal and Tottenham’s pursuits, for now. So, as the coming days are crucial, the north London rivals will be on tenterhooks, waiting for news.
Kessie would certainly bolster the midfields at Arsenal or Tottenham if one strikes a deal with Milan this summer. The 44-cap dynamo is the epitome of an engine room workhorse, and struck 14 goals and six assists in all competitions last term, to add to his robustness.