According to a report in SportMediaset (as relayed by The Daily Mail) AC Milan have rejected Tottenham’s offer to swap Tanguy Ndombele for Franck Kessie.
Kessie is now into the final six months of his contract at Milan and previous reports have indicated that Antonio Conte wants the Ivory Coast international to be brought to the club.
Milan are allegedly not ready to meet the contract demands of the 24-year-old, with Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain said to be leading the race for the midfielder.
Meanwhile, Ndombele has struggled for game time under Conte, with the Frenchman having made just one Premier League start since the Italian arrived in North London.
Conte seemed to suggest last week that the former Lyon man is having trouble understanding the requirements of his system and sources have claimed the Lilywhites are willing to cash in on the midfielder this month.
SportMediaset have now explained that Spurs were willing to swap Ndombele for Kessie but Milan refused the deal.
It is suggested that the Tottenham man’s £8million-a-year salary proved to be a major stumbling block for the Rossoneri.
Il Corriere della Sera further report that Milan would rather keep Kessie until the end of the season and run the risk of the midfielder leaving on a free transfer.
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A move for Kessie seems unlikely in January given that he could be available for free in the summer and that he will miss matches owing to his involvement in the African Cup of Nations.
Tottenham’s main challenge with Ndombele would be finding a club that is willing to match the midfielder’s wages. That is why I wonder if it would be in our interest to loan the midfielder out until the end of the season.
Perhaps clubs might be willing to match the midfielder’s £8million-a-year salary in the summer if he proves himself out on loan over the next six months.
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