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Why Arsenal should make a January swoop for Franck Kessie
According to Calciomercato, AC Milan midfield general Franck Kessie is on the radar of French champions Paris Saint-Germain and Chinese club Beijing Guoan.
The 21-year-old arrived from Atalanta last summer on a two-year loan deal with an obligation to buy and has been an ever-present figure in the AC Milan team. Franck Kessie has started the 2018/19 Serie A season very well, contributing to Gennaro Gattuso’s side with two goals and an assist in eight games.
With PSG and Beijing Guoan keeping tabs on Franck Kessie, should Arsenal join the race for the midfielder’s signature?
Arsenal have turned the corner with seven consecutive Premier League wins after a disappointing start under Unai Emery.
Emery, after replacing Arsene Wenger, set the ball rolling in the summer transfer window and bolstered his midfield with the signings of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi from Sampdoria and FC Lorient respectively.
And both Torreira and Guendouzi have done really well in the Premier League so far, proving to be really good additions to the Arsenal squad.
However, midfield ace Aaron Ramsey is out of contract at the end of the campaign and is not close to signing a new deal. Ramsey has confirmed that he won’t leave the Gunners in January, meaning Emery could lose the Welshman for free next summer if a new deal is not agreed.
Hence, with Arsenal set to lose Ramsey in the summer of 2019, Emery must try sorting out potential replacements. The Spanish manager should target Franck Kessie in January to beef up his options in the midfield and remain prepared for the potential departure of Ramsey.
Kessie boasts of a good technique and has combined it with his directness to constantly bully the defenders in the final third.
He is strong, powerful, possesses the burst of pace and does not hesitate to use his exceptional shooting prowess to test the goalkeeper