West Ham United might have their work cut out if they are to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie this summer with the Ivory Coast international recently having admitted that he wouldn’t be able to turn down a move to Chelsea.
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Milan Live reported earlier this week that the Hammers want to sign the £43 million rated ace this summer.
Meanwhile, Sport Mediaset claimed that Chelsea want the 24-year-old as well.
And that could spell massive trouble for West Ham.
Kessie recently told Tutto Mercato Web that he wouldn’t be able to turn down Chelsea if they do indeed come in for him:
“I like the Premier League and in particular the Manchester United – a team I dream of playing in. Chelsea is also a great club, no one would refuse it.”
Whether Blues boss Thomas Tuchel will make a concrete move to bring the 44-caped Ivory Coast international to Stamford Bridge this summer remains to be seen.
If Chelsea do move in for Kessie, however, it could be curtains for West Ham.
Missing out on the 24-year-old would be a huge shame for the Hammers.
West Ham and Chelsea target Franck Kessie enjoying superb campaign
In 25 Serie A appearances for AC Milan this season, Kessie has racked up nine goals and two assists. During those outings, he has averaged 1.4 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 1.3 clearances per game. The 24-year-old has averaged 50.1 passes per game with a hugely impressive completion rate of 88.9% (Who Scored).
Those really are some very impressive stats.
Kessie is strong, a tenacious tackler and has real energy and drive. He seems to be tailor made for the robust and intense nature of the Premier League.
With our lack of strength in depth in the middle of the park, David Moyes will be keen to bring a central midfielder to the London Stadium this summer.
It seems as though Kessie may well be just out of West Ham’s reach, however. Chelsea’s alleged interest could be a big problem for the Hammers in more ways than one.