Franck Kessie is reportedly ‘overwhelmed’ by Spurs director Fabio Paratici’s courting of his signature.
The midfielder – who was on show for AC Milan in their 3-2 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday – has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League.
Arsenal and Chelsea have both been linked with the 24-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
But Paratici has ‘moved eagerly’ for £50m-rated Kessie, according to JuveLive (via Sport Witness), and could go for him in January to get ahead of the competition.
That would mean Spurs would need to pay a fee for Kessie, rather than waiting and potentially signing him for free in the summer, but that’s thought to be a pill Paratici is willing to swallow to avoid a battle with other potential suitors.
The report adds that Kessie is ‘overwhelmed’ by the flattery fom Paratici and Spurs would be willing to ‘satisfy’ both the player and AC Milan in terms of a January move.
The strong Tottenham interest means Juventus – who have also been linked – could now be ‘out of the game’.
Milan want to retain the Ivory Coast international and still hope to tie him down to a new deal but their latest offer of €5million per season rising to €6.5m in the fourth and fifth year was rejected by Kessie.
Spurs are said to have ‘put on the table’ an offer that includes an annual salary of €8m.
Kessie is seen as a leader for Milan, something Spurs are missing in their squad according to Peter Crouch, who saw Japhet Tanganga’s sending off in the 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace as clear evidence of that.
Crouch said: “Tanganga was riled after the first one, when Wilfried Zaha pushed the ball past him and they squared up. That was a bad one, a definite yellow. The crowd were on him from that moment. He then gave the ball away, Zaha said something to him and they shook hands.
“I was working for BT Sport, sitting with Rio, and we noticed that nobody in a Tottenham shirt was telling him to calm down and take a breath. Where were the leaders when Spurs needed them? Is that different if the captain plays outfield?
“Soon after, the ball runs away from Tanganga and — I’ve done this so many times when you are angry with your own bad touch — you lunge in. Off. Spurs lose the game 3-0.”