Report: Midfielder wanted by Spurs rejects contract offer, PSG also in the running

Fabio Paratici
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According to a report from Gazzetta dello Sport, Paris Saint-Germain have now entered the race to sign rumoured Tottenham target Franck Kessie.

Spurs took a significant step in rebuilding the squad this summer, with many senior players being moved on and young talent being brought in.

However, the one area the club were unable to strengthen for this season is central midfield, with alleged moves for the likes of Kessie and Wolves’ Ruben Neves not materialising.

It has subsequently been rumoured that Tottenham are trying to snap up Kessie as a free agent when his contract with AC Milan runs out in 12 months time.

Gazzetta have now offered an update on the Ivory Coast international’s contract situation, explaining that the parties are still a long way off from reaching an agreement.

The report explains that Kessie has turned down a deal worth €6.5m-per-year (£5.5m) offered by the Rossoneri, with the player said to be demanding a contract worth €8m-per-year (£6.8m) plus €2m (£1.7m) in bonuses.

It is explained that while Milan would not be able to afford to offer the 24-year-old the aforementioned amount, PSG would be willing to do so. The Ligue 1 giants are said to be looking at Kessie’s situation with ‘extreme interest’.

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Milan would not want to lose Kessie for free next summer and so they might look to cash in on him for a cut-price deal in January. Perhaps that is why Paratici decided to wait until January instead of going all out for a Neves or a Bissouma in the final days of the window.

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