Tottenham 'want to use Ndombele in swap deal with Kessie'

Tottenham ‘want to use Tanguy Ndombele as a makeweight to secure AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie in a swap deal this January’… but PSG ‘are also keen on the Ivorian’ whose contract expires next summer

  • Spurs are plotting a move for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, say reports 
  • They are prepared to use Tanguy Ndombele as a makeweight in a swap deal 
  • Ivory Coast star Kessie has just one year remaining on his contract at San Siro
  • Ndombele, meanwhile, is out of favour at Tottenham and is linked with an exit  

Tottenham are looking to pounce on the contract uncertainty surrounding AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie – and are ready to use Tanguy Ndombele in a swap deal in January, according to reports.

The Ivory Coast international will become a free agent at the end of the current campaign following two seasons at the San Siro, with a number of European sides said to be assessing his situation.

Spurs are now prepared to ‘get serious’ and launch a bid for Kessie, as reported by Calciomercato, with out of favour Ndombele a possible option to tempt Milan into accepting a deal.

Tottenham are ready to use Tanguy Ndombele (L) in a swap deal for AC Milan’s Franck Kessie

Ndombele – the club’s record £65million signing – was strongly linked with a move away from north London in the summer transfer, but ended up staying put due to a lack of buyers willing to pay his £51.5m price tag.

The Frenchman has not played a minute of football for Spurs this season, nor been involved in any matchday squad under new boss Nuno Espirito Santo, with the Portuguese suggesting he had not impressed on the training pitch.

He was reportedly interesting Bayern Munich and Barcelona this summer, but now Milan could become the next possible destination should Spurs step up their attempts to replace him with Kessie, who has so far refuted the club’s attempts to prolong his stay.

Ndombele is currenty frozen out of the first team picture after failing to impress in training

Kessie has already snubbed a £5.5m-a-year deal and does not have ‘any intention’ to accept a future proposal, the Italian report adds.

That would put Spurs in a strong position to snap him up in the next window, although they are likely to be rivalled by PSG – who are preparing a swap deal of their own, it continues.

The Parisiens – who have already peppered their squad with an array of talent including Lionel Messi, Georginio Wijnaldum and Sergio Ramos this summer – are said to be lining up midfielder Leandro Paredes or striker Mauro Icardi as possible makeweights in a deal.

Juventus are also interested in Kessie, the report claims, but says Max Allegri’s men would ‘move away’ from any transfer should either club offer a swap deal.

Kessie currently has ‘no intention’ of signing a new deal, with PSG also rivalling Tottenham

Kessie has picked up 48 caps for the Ivory Coast and has played 184 times for Milan – which included two years on an initial loan from Atalanta, before his move was made permanent in 2019. 

Primarily a box-to-box midfielder, Kessie was at his goalscoring best last season – netting 13 times to help the Rossoneri finish second behind rivals Inter Milan and started 36 games out of 38 in Serie A.

If Tottenham’s interest in Kessie materialises, it should spell the end for Ndombele, whose manager Espirito Santo showed little desire to hold onto the midfielder, who has endured a turbulent spell at the club.

When asked about the likelihood of him playing against Wolves last month, the coach hinted the player was keen to depart and that he had not done enough to make the first team as things stood.

Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo said it was not his job to convince Ndombele to stay at the club

‘I will be honest with you. Tanguy is not going to be involved on Sunday,’ he said.

When pressed for an answer as to why the 24-year-old would not be included, Nuno added: ‘What I can tell you is that Tanguy is with us, he works but we have to speak honestly. 

‘The best out of Tanguy has to come from himself. It has to come from himself. I don’t want to go much further than that but it has to come from himself.

‘I must speak to Tanguy before even addressing you. We already had a chance to talk but it must come from himself. 

‘I said it before: my job here is not to convince players to play for Tottenham Hotspur, it is to prepare players to play for Tottenham Hotspur.’ 

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