Serie A side AC Milan are trying to lock midfielder Franck Kessié to a new deal in order to ward off interest from Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham.

That’s according to Milan Live, who say the club are determined to keep hold of a player who has become an ‘undisputed leader’ there.

They explain that Kessié is increasingly a ‘pillar’ of Stefano Pioli’s team, with the midfielder having only missed one league game all season, and that was due to a suspension.

He is one of the few players at the club ‘not to raise the white flag’, and this has helped him establish himself as one of their key men.

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His performances on the pitch have been impressive, too, with nine goals in the league and one in the Europa League thus far.

This has not gone ‘unnoticed’, particularly in the Premier League, with it felt Kessié’s characteristics would ‘marry perfectly’ with what is needed to succeed in England.

Indeed the player was one of the few at the club to ‘have a market’ when things weren’t going well, and Arsenal, alongside rivals Tottenham and West Ham, ‘have always shown interest’ in him.

Now Milan are thriving once again and those same teams ‘have not remained indifferent’ to the player’s performances, as well as his value. It’s stated that any of the Premier League trio would have to pay €50m to get him.

Milan, though, have no intention of letting him go, even if Arsenal, Tottenham or West Ham were to offer that amount and are ‘taking action’ to ‘lock him down’.

They want the player, whose contract expires in 2022, to sign a new deal until 2026 that would see his salary rise from €2.2m to €3m and have already made moves to get that deal signed as soon as possible.