Report: Spurs looking to sign Serie A midfielder on free transfer next summer

Fabio Paratici
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Tottenham are eyeing up a move to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie on a free transfer next year, according to 

Although this summer’s transfer window has only just closed, Spurs are continuing to work in the background on new targets, as the squad’s rebuild carries on taking shape. 

Managing director of football Fabio Paratici has been a busy figure at Spurs this summer, recruiting five players, while seeing a number of players leave the club on permanent or loan deals. 

An area of concern for Spurs was midfield and they somewhat addressed that through the signing of Pape Matar Sarr from Metz. However, the 18-year-old was sent straight back to the Ligue 1 side for the remainder of the season to continue his development.

Currently, Spurs coach Nuno Espirito Santo has been utilising a preferred midfield of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Dele Alli and Oliver Skipp, but is looking to still add an extra man in the middle. 

According to, Spurs have looked at Kessie from Milan over a possible free transfer next summer. 

Spurs could enter talks with the Ivorian as early as January, where they are allowed to negotiate a pre-contract, but only if Milan do not offer him a new deal.

The 24-year-old is an imposing defensive midfielder but has an ability to take penalties too, with 11 of his 13 goals in Serie A last season coming from the spot. 

Spurs Web Opinion 

Kessie would be an interesting acquisition, and potentially a significant signing on a free transfer.

There is a lot of competition in midfield at Spurs currently, however, so no doubt there will have to be an outgoing or two before Spurs pursue a move like this.

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