According to the Mirror via Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport, Arsenal are interested in the signing of Franck Kessie from Serie A giants AC Milan.
Corriere Dello Sport add that Arsenal may have to battle London rivals West Ham for the ace’s put pen to paper, with AC Milan valuing the energetic midfielder at around £20m.
Franck Kessie has been an essential player for the Italian giants since joining on an initial loan two-and-a-half years ago, the ace’s impressive plays with Milan have also seen him become a key player for the Ivory Coast.
The 23-year-old midfielder already has 35 caps to his name, and he looks like one of the more exciting prospects in his country’s side.
Franck Kessie has made 16 Serie A matches this season, his tireless work rate and physical power are arguably his best attributes – something that Arsenal could do with in the middle of the park.
With the Gunners’ defensive problems still apparent under Mikel Arteta, it seems like Arsenal could do with a defensive midfielder that is capable of covering a lot of ground and being a physical presence in front of a shaky back four.
Deploying Franck Kessie alongside a technically-gifted talent in Mateo Guendouzi could give some real balance to the side’s midfield.
The reported price-tag of £20m looks like a bargain for a player that has the possible to become a real high-profile star in the future.