With the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain, Mattia Caldara and Tiemoué Bakayoko in the summer, the current season felt like an ‘all or nothing’ campaign for Milan, who are desperately trying to return to the Champions League.
Doing so would help restore some old glory, but would also allow them to keep hold of some players, avoiding the need to sell to fill the coffers.
One of their best assets in that regard would be Franck Kessie, whom Tottenham and Chelsea are interested in.
TuttoMercatoWeb are the ones with the claim on Wednesday, explaining both Spurs and the Blues have joined Chinese clubs (Kessie isn’t interested in that destination) in the list of suitors for the Ivory Coast international.
However, should the Serie A side miss out on Champions League football next season, he might not have a choice, as he would allow his club to make a profit, with his value seen as around €40m.
The midfielder is still technically an Atalanta player, but Milan have already set money aside to make the move permanent, and his sale would allow them to make €10-15m in profit come the summer.
There’s a long way to go before June comes along, yet Tottenham will probably need a new midfielder for next season, as Mousa Dembélé doesn’t appear to be staying at Wembley beyond the current season.
As for Chelsea, their recent signing of Pulisic gives you an idea of where they are at on the transfer market, and a Bakayoko sale next summer could easily pave the way for Kessie’s arrival.