Arsenal have been on the lookout for a successor to Aaron Ramsey ever since the club decided not to offer the Welshman a new contract and an opportunity has arisen to sign the ideal replacement for €30 million, according to the latest transfer news.
It is being reported that Italian giants AC Milan are willing to sell midfielder Franck Kessie this summer but only if their valuation of the player is met.
We are not the only Premier League side interested in the Ivory Coast star, our bitter Noth London rivals Tottenham are also said to be keen on signing the midfielder.
Kessie is a quality player who was an integral part of Gennaro Gattuso’s squad, however, the former Italian legend is no longer at the club following Milan’s failure to qualify for the Champions League and with new manager Marco Giampaolo expected to take over shortly the expectation is that the 22-year-old will be made available.
Milan will have to meet Financial fair play regulations and they will have to sell in order to fund new acquisitions and Kessie is seen as expendable.
With seven goals from 34 league appearances for Milan last season Kessie has proven to be an effective central midfielder in the mould of Aaron Ramsey and even though €30 million would be a significant chunk of our transfer budget it would, in my opinion, be worth every single cent.
I have watched Kessie play on a few occasions and seen enough in videos to be satisfied that he is a genuinely top-class player and be a definite upgrade for us, in fact, I would suggest he is an upgrade on Ramsey himself.
But there is the one huge obstacle that we cannot ignore and what may let Tottenham sneak in to grab him and that is the lack of Champions League football.
But we will see, we are still a huge attraction and not every quality player will turn us down for that reason.