Arsenal contact Milan for Franck Kessie but face competition from West Ham

Arsenal are keen to strengthen their squad and are understood to have shown interest in AC Milan’s Franck Kessie but will face competition from fellow London club West Ham

Kessie first joined AC Milan from Cesena in 2017 and has established himself as an important first-team player for the Rossoneri. He has also amassed 35 appearances for the Ivory Coast senior team and finished as joint-top assist provider in the Africa Cup of Nations last year.

According to Corriere Dello Sport. Kessie is being monitored by both London clubs and a transfer tussle could take place before the end of the January transfer window. The 23-year-old’s valuation is £20m. AC Milan have struggled this season and sit 10th in the Serie A but Franck Kessie has been one of their standout players thus far in his position in front of the back four and could be what Arsenal are looking for.

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta recently revealed that the club are working on some potential deals for players this month but noted that they’ve not had any luck so far in signing any. In a chat with talkSPORT, he said:

“At the moment there is nothing coming up. The club is working on a few things but you know how difficult this window is and I’m not expecting many things.”

Meanwhile, West Ham’s new manager David Moyes also expressed his desire to add some depth to his squad as the Hammers sit just 1 point above the relegation zone.

“We are short in one or two positions but I am keen to get the best out of the boys I have got,” he said.

“I have probably had hundreds of agents putting people into me but at the moment, the only people I am concentrating on are the players I have here. If good players are available, we will look at them.”

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