Many eyes will be on Antonio Conte this January, with the Italian understood to be making plans for the transfer window – his first while at Tottenham.
While a number of targets will no doubt have been considered for January, one move that is likely to conclude in the summer is for AC Milan’s, soon-to-be, out-of-contract midfield enforcer Franck Kessie, with talks reportedly at ‘an advanced stage’.
The 25-year-old is coming into the peak of his career, having earned rave reviews while at the Serie A side, drawing comparisons to former Rossoneri star Clarence Seedorf for his all-action style of play.
Would Kessie suit Spurs?
One area of the pitch that, it could be argued the north London club are light in, is the middle of the park, especially for the type of player whose traits that Kessie possesses. With question marks still lingering over Tanguy Ndombele, who had fallen out of favour under former manager Nuno Espirito Santo, Kessie could well be the missing piece of the jigsaw.
Astoundingly, Kessie would be available on a free transfer, which would represent a significant coup for Spurs and chairman Daniel Levy, who is one of the toughest negotiators in the sport.
If a deal can be sealed for Kessie over the coming months, for next season, it would save Spurs a considerable transfer fee in this area of the pitch and ensure that they can recruit just as effectively in other positions.
Any other business?
In addition to Kessie, it is also believed that Spurs could reignite their interest in Cagliari’s Uruguayan midfielder, Nahitan Nandez, who is now believed to be available for in the region of £15 million after his club reportedly shaved £20 million off his asking price.
However, it is unlikely that Conte will want two players in the same position, which could mean a decision will have to be made. At 27, Nandez is the older of the two players and is still to really convince some in Serie A of his ability, with the player prone to inconsistency.
Conte will also no doubt be keen to reinforce his options in attack, especially to ease the burden on star striker Harry Kane, with Son Heung Min, his only real, other option. Whether this happens in January, remains to be seen, though Levy has shown his prowess for negotiation when the opportunity presents itself.
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