Tottenham in pole position to sign Franck Kessie if Conte becomes boss after he launched transfer swoop at Inter Milan
FRANCK Kessie could be the first signing of the Antonio Conte era if the Italian is appointed as Tottenham manager.
The 52-year-old flew to London to hold talks with Daniel Levy and could be appointed as boss TODAY.
If Conte does take up the reigns in North London he could target a major overhaul.
And defensive midfielder Kessie may well be his first transfer target with the player out of contract at the end of the season.
The 24-year-old 'flirted' with Tottenham in the summer, according to journalist Nicolo Schira.
Spurs managing director Fabio Paratici reportedly met with the Ivorians agent back in August.
He is free to resume negotiations with non-Italian clubs from January 1 regarding a pre-contract agreement.
And it's not just Spurs who are fans of the AC Milan midfielder.
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Conte is believed to have wanted to sign Kessie two years ago when he was manager at Inter but a move failed to materialise.
Spurs are rumoured to have offered Kessie a five-year package worth £6.7million-per-a-year back in the summer.
That works out at around £128,000 per-week.
AC Milan refused to sell but with Kessie out-of-contract in the summer the Rossoneri may be forced into parting ways with their prized asset for a cut-price fee in January.
If not they risk losing him on a free transfer next summer.
Manchester United have also been linked with a move for Kessie in recent weeks.
The Red Devils see his as a potential replacement for Pogba, with the Frenchman also out of contract at the end of the current campaign.
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