Arsenal working to bolster their midfield in January with Serie A star

With their season threatening to implode, Arsenal has been linked with a move for AC Milan midfielder, Franck Kessie.

The Ivorian is one of the best midfielders in Italy, and he is one of the reasons why Milan is currently at the top of the Serie A table.

He has formed a solid midfield partnership with former Arsenal trainee, Ismael Bennacer, but the Gunners want to take him to London next month.

Calciomercato claims that Arsenal is competing with Tottenham for his signature.

The Gunners signed Thomas Partey in the last transfer window, but the Ghanaian has been struggling with fitness issues for some time now.

The Gunners struggled even with him in the team in their game against Tottenham on Sunday, and it appears that they might be bringing in Kessie to join Partey in midfield.

Kessie is just 23, and he would be a long-term addition to the current Arsenal side, but the money he would cost the Gunners might be a problem.

The report says that Milan values him at £45million, a fee that should be too expensive for Arsenal to pay in the January transfer window.

It also adds that Arsenal might struggle to lure him to London because he is settled in Milan.

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16 Comments

  1. PJ-SA says:

    Barring money, why would anyone genuinely want to come to Arsenal currently?

    If they are only coming for money, then we are just buying a mercenary.

    1. SueP says:

      That may very well be true but it’s amazing how many good players joined Man City before they won anything. Their salaries were pretty impressive

      1. A J says:

        Very true SueP.

        I think perspective signings could see they were building (reinvesting in) a re-vamped squad.

        Sorry to use that filthy word alluding to “investment” folks.

        Think “blood transfusion”, if you get my drift.

        However, the art is buying wisely and exactly what’s required.

        Remember Unai wanted Zaha over Pepe at approx’ half the fee.

        But no, those above knew better (Stan probably thought “Pepe” was something he could sprinkle on his barbequed steak).

        I have admit on this occasion it looks as though, for once, decisive action was taken with Raul losing his job – but the horse had already bolted the stable !

        Oh, and of course there’s the small matter of having to off-load sub-standard players who we’ve been hawking ’round for a while now.

        Are we on the way to losing our “pull” for players in the market – we can only hope not.

  2. McLovin says:

    Surely he doesn’t want to move when Milan is top ofthe serie A table while we are fighting relegation?

    1. Declan says:

      And Mourinho wants him too.

  3. Ayan says:

    I don’t think he will want to come. We are already struggling and AC Milan is performing excellently now.

  4. Pirate Dandy says:

    I think the only player we’ll sign is our Matty Smith.

  5. Chairman Gallant says:

    The chances of this deal happening is zero. Just a bloody rumour .Why on earth would Kessie leave Milan for Arsenal, when we have become a relegation battler under Arteta, while Milan is contesting for the Scudetto..Who will even foot the bill ? Kroenke ? No chance?

  6. OxInTheBox says:

    He might come because of his contract situation in Milan, and because of what some fans think we are a big club, and despite our difficulties players sees us as one.
    but I am not sure we should buy him in January:
    1. we need an ACM.
    2. cone June he enters the last year of his contract so his price drops, and Milan wants Torriera, so we might be able to trade them.
    3. Kessie, Partey, Elneny. it’s 3 African DMs. so in a year with an Africa’s nations cup, we will be left without DMs.

    1. OxInTheBox says:

      *and regardless of what some fans

    2. Longbenark says:

      Really i did prefer Maitland-Niles, Partey and kessie

  7. Longbenark says:

    It’s the Salary that attracts, it’s the players job to improve the new company, Aubameyang, Partey came even when Dortmund and Madrid were doing fine.

    Besides, Arsenal have a fine and rich history,

    I believe If Arteta will not be sacked, he would need a very strong assistant like Dennis Bergkamp /Patrick Vieira, guys who can talk some sense into his head.

  8. Grandad says:

    Yves Bissouma of Brighton is a very decent central midfielder who impresses me and would form a solid hinge with Partey.Has a lot of attributes not possessed by Xhaka nor Ceballos but is not particularly creative.Similar player to Kessie .

  9. Armoury says:

    Arteta can buy as many players as he wish, but the stumbling block is his understanding of the game. He’ll just lose with plenty of talented players at his disposal. No one can argue with me that Arsenal have a decent squad currently. But Arteta is failing to use those players

  10. RJB58 says:

    Kessie has been spoken about across Premier clubs for a number of years. If we’re seriously considering him, why on earth won’t we entertain Zaha – knows the Premiership, frightens defenders, would create space for Auba. Proven.

    Alongside that, can we please shift some defenders before we consider John Stones.. Mustafi, Sokratis, Bellerin (Cedric is a better defender, as is AMN if he stays), Holding, Luiz, Kolasinac. Marli looked OK last week. And rid of Ozil.

  11. gunnerforlife says:

    I dont think he will leave a high flying Club like Milan and come to Arsenal. However if he indeed joins us, great.

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